Stop Florida from condoning mass incarceration for profits

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Stop Florida from condoning mass incarceration for profits

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Brian Morris started this petition to Florida Governor

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Mass Incarceration for Profits

    There is a lot of money being made off of the mass incarceration of American citizens.  When corporations are permitted to profit from the incarceration of citizens, it undercuts the integrity of both the criminal justice and prison systems.  Taxpayers are paying $228 billion a year to house the 2.3 million it has incarcerated.  What could we do with just half of that money?  $114 billion could equal the hiring of over 3 million new teachers; provide substance abuse rehabilitation to over 9 million people to prevent crimes from happening in the first place?  America has approximately 5% of the world’s human population but approximately 25% of the world’s incarcerated humans.  Not only does America have the highest imprisonment rates of any country in the entire world, it also has the highest rate of youth incarceration.  Many of those kids have received sentences that guarantee they will die in there.  There are approximately 15,000 children behind bars whose most serious offense wasn’t anything that most people would consider a crime: almost 12,000 children are behind bars for “technical violations” of the requirements of their probation or parole, rather than for a new specific offense.  More than 3,000 children are behind bars for “status” offenses, which are, as the U.S. Department of Justice explains: “behaviors that are not law violations for adults, such as running away, truancy and incorrigibility.

     Our government is signing contracts with corporations running private prisons that require the states to keep the private prisons 90 to 100 percent filled at all times.  These same corporations lobby for, among other things, tougher sentencing laws and judges have been caught red-handed, convicted and sentenced for accepting bribes to be harsher with their sentencing decisions—even sentencing of minors.  These corporations who profit off incarcerating Americans also financially support politicians in election campaigns.  They have the ability to pad the pockets of parole commissioners and others who are in the positions to make discretionary decisions regarding an individual’s readiness for release from incarceration.  These billion dollars a year prisons for profit corporations then employ ill trained, underpaid guards as well as medical and food service directors to work in and manage their prisons for profits.  Should you be scared?  Yes, locking you, your family, friends or loved ones up is a multibillion dollar a year industry.

     I personally have had prison guards inform me they invest in prisons for profits. These same guards have the authority to write disciplinary reports that result in the loss of prisoners’ good conduct and earned gain-time credits, requiring the prisoner to serve more time behind bars—to benefit their investment portfolios.  Florida's Parole Commission, now Florida Commission on Offender Review, rarely grants offenders parole, even after the offender has served more than 30 years of incarceration for robbery or non-violent property crimes .  It's only reasonable to believe the Parole Commissioners have included these prisons for profits in their investment portfolios--if they are not receiving kickbacks.

     In my opinion, these prisons for profit corporations have played on the American taxpayers’ emotion with their tough on crime policies for no other reason than to make the billions of dollars they are making.  The United States does not have more people who should be considered criminals than Russia or China; still we have more people behind bars than both of those countries combined.  These corporations are the reason the United States has more of its citizens behind bars than any other country in the world.

    Corizon makes money off sick prisoners by denying meaningful medical care.  It's as simple as that.  Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and The GEO Group pay lobbyist to lobby for making  prison sentences longer and harsher and making laws easier to break.  America, the land of the free, has 2.3 million incarcerated people--it's a statistic Americans should be ashamed of.  This is not just happening now, it’s been going on for a while and, unfortunately, this is the future of America—Mass Incarceration.  If we don’t unite and stop it now, it’s only reasonable to believe that you, your family member, friend or loved one will ultimately wind up incarcerated.  Sign the petition, let Governor Rick Scott know enough is enough.

Brian Anthony Morris    

http://www.nplao.com/

http://www.postconvictionperspectives.com

 

 

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