Incarceration In America: A Horror Story
The above video gives a really thorough understanding of the incarceration problem that we have in the United States. Private prisons doing whatever they can do increase their own bottom line – often extending sentences for no reason at all. Incarceration is supposed to be used as a way of correcting behavior, and deterring future behavior. Instead though, it’s used as a profit-scam… and the reasoning is simple: Private profits.
The conditions of prisoners are only roughly regulated by the government, as most prisons in the United States are private for-profit institutions. Imagine that – getting into the BUSINESS of locking people up. It seems ridiculously vicious in nature. What sort of person is happy with locking up everyone? It’s not just violent people either. Sure, there are a lot of murderers, drug dealers, “gangsters” arsonists, rapists, etc… but the VAST MAJORITY of people are non-violent people. The overwhelming majority are in prison for doing NOTHING that harmed anyone else, including simple drug possession charges.
Is our prison system really “good” for our country? Think about it hard after watching this video… and ask yourself if you’re actually satisfied with our prison system. Ask yourself if you actually LIKE having BILLIONS of dollars spent on the “corrections” system – a system that doesn’t actually correct anything.
My uncle has been in prison for about 7 years now. His original sentence was less than that – and he was in there for something COMPLETELY non-violent. His sentence was extended, despite his good behavior, because they found some excuse as to why they “didn’t think he was sorry enough.” Bullshit.
When will this madness stop? When will people be treated fairly in the “land of the free?” No – as long as incarceration is treated as a business opportunity, it will continue screwing over the country like most other big businesses do every day.