If you're not, you should be. Any legal system is teetering on the edge abuse, anyway - that's just the nature of life. Sorry. But when you privatize any aspect of the criminal justice system, you remove any chance for a check or balance on raw profiteering.
Here is an example of a judge taking pay from private prison owners to sentence children. When the judge has a direct economic incentive to sentence, do you suppose there is ANY chance for justice? Do you think guilt or innocence even is a factor?
The payments to the judges included $140,000 in cash stuffed into FedEx boxes, prosecutors said. The judges were charged with laundering some of the money, buying a luxury condominium in Florida in 2004. In 2006, Mr. Powell began instructing his employees to withdraw amounts of less than $10,000, to avoid suspicion, prosecutors said.
Mr. Ciavarella faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted of all 39 counts against him. But the fact that he is on trial at all feels like a triumph to Hillary Transue, whom he sentenced to three months for a spoof Web page mocking an assistant principal at her high school in 2007.
Think about this. The judge gets rich, the prison owners get rich, the children get incarcerated - often with no legal council - ergo, no due process. Of course, due process - like any other form of regulation -would only get in the way of profiteering. This is a horrible example of victimizing the most vulnerable and helpless people in society - for direct monetary gain.
These kids end up with prison records. Is there a better way to trap someone in poverty forever?
This is no better than - and, in fact, not much different from outright slavery.
As horrible as this is - can you conceive of any other possible outcome resulting from the existence of private, FOR-PROFIT prisons?
Corporations and Regressives want to take us back to the 13th century. And it's working.
H/T to LGM .