* Private prisons, or prisons-for-profit as they are sometimes called, are a $70 Billion industry.
* According to the US Constitution, prisons are the only place where slavery is still legal.
* There are apporximately two million persons incarcerated in the US, more than any
other country in the world, including China.
* China has 5 times the US population but 500,000 less prisoners.
* The US has 25% of the world's prison population but only 5% of the overall population.
* Between 1990 and 2009, incarceration in private prisons increased by over 1600%
* Ten years ago there were five (5) private prisons. Today there are over 100.
* The private contracting of prisons provides incentive to lock people up. Corporate stock-
holders who make money off of prisoner's work, lobby for stronger, longer sentences.
* Since the 90s crime has steadily decreased, yet incarceration rates are up.
* Since 2002, prisons-for-profit have grown at a rate of over 50%.
At least 37 states have legalized the contracting of prison labor by private corporations that mount their operations inside state prisons. For their services, in private prisons, prisoners are paid as little as 17 cents an hour. This equals approximately $20 per month. Corporations who use prison labor include but are not limited to:
AT&T, Wireless, Texas Instrument, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard,
Nortel, Lucent Technologies, 3Com, Intel, Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom’s,
Revlon, Macy’s, Pierre Cardin and Target.
Between 1980 and 1994, profits went up from $392 million to $1.31 billion.
An over-zealous prosecutor.
A corrupt judge.
Wrongfully convicted citizens.
And three women ready to take on the system to set them free.