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In New Jersey Halfway Houses, Escapees Stream Out as a Penal Business Thrives – NYTimes.com

In New Jersey Halfway Houses, Escapees Stream Out as a Penal Business Thrives – NYTimes.com.

 

Some more on prisons for profit, and not for much of anything else.

 

Private prison companies look to Canada as industry faces lawsuits in US World news guardian.co.uk

Private prison companies look to Canada as industry faces lawsuits in US World news guardian.co.uk.

 

Oh, no. I’ve been tracking ProPublica’s (and others’) account of the emergence of the privatized prison system in the US, and it’s frightening. And even more so to think of it finding a place in Canada. Privatizing social works and services is a generally bad idea and in prisons, as with medical care and education, all the more fraught. Private prisons exist by housing prisoners, meaning that the more the local juridical system produces them, the better the locality where the private prison is located (employment, taxes). It goes further. Prison labour is cheap and not unionized. These, alas, are not idle connections.