Category Archives: prison economics

The Tragedy We Know Obama’s Gun Control Moves Will Accomplish

The 18th Executive Order signed by President Obama is to provide incentives (and funding) for schools to have police oversee the children.  This will create results.  Of all the other items concerning background checks and manufacturing specifics for future guns, … Continue reading

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Prison Phone Rates in Louisiana, America’s Prison Camp, Face Hearing

The Louisiana Public Service Commission hearing on prison and jail phone reform is scheduled for November 15th, in Baton Rouge.  Commissioner Foster Campbell is proposing a 25% rate cut and elimination of extra fees for phone calls.  All the contracts … Continue reading

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New York’s Innovative Solution to Crime: Betting on Success

This post first appeared in the Huffington Post. Coauthored by Bruce Reilly and Inimai Chettiar New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced a new initiative that could save government money, decrease the crime rate and strengthen urban communities. Global investment bank … Continue reading

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Bursting The System: Louisiana Holds a Hearing To Sell State Prisons

Louisiana’s House Appropriations Committee held a hearing today on HB 850, regarding the sale of Avoyelles Correctional Center, and the authorization to sell every prison built after 1989.  This would follow the direction of Arizona and Florida, and possibly lead to … Continue reading

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California to End Funding of Child Prisons: A Window of Opportunity

In 1989, California was spending $600 million to supervise the 23,000 children under the control of California Youth Authority (CYA).  Two thirds of those children were taken from the home and placed in a variety of scenarios, from group homes … Continue reading

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Out of L.A.- FICPM Will Register 1 Million Voters Opposed to Mass Incarceration

When a young woman from Arizona asked how she could get her voting rights restored, she heard a blunt reply:  “We don’t need you to get your rights restored.  We need you to get together with other folks and work … Continue reading

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How Wells Fargo, and the 1% Use the Drug War

A new book, Amexica: War Along the Borderline, reveals details of how Wachovia bank (now owned by Wells Fargo) was caught red-handed laundering hundreds of billions of dollars from Mexico.  This is a major pillar of the banking system.  What … Continue reading

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Latest Immigration Case May Hit For-Profit Prisons In the Pocket

This week the Third Circuit Court of Appeals cast down a landmark ruling on Immigration Detention and Due Process.  In what should be known as yet another victory for one man and his pen, Chiekh Diop fought his way out … Continue reading

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Prison Town Economics 101: Pelican Bay (Crescent City, CA)

With prisoners in Pelican Bay willing to die rather than endure what is being done to them in the name of “the People of California”, we should pause to consider some basic math.  The following example is a broad illustration … Continue reading

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An Easy Analysis for Prison Profiteering

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