Prison profiteers: who makes money from mass incarceration

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In Prison Profiteers, co-editors Tara Herivel and Paul Wright “follow the money to an astonishing constellation of prison administrators and politicians working in collusion with private parties to maximize profits” (Publishers Weekly). From investment banks, guard unions, and the makers of Taser stun guns to health care providers, telephone companies, and the U.S. military (which relies heavily on prison labor), this network of perversely motivated interests has turned the imprisonment of one out of every 135 Americans into a lucrative business.

Called “an essential read for anyone who wants to understand what’s gone wrong with criminal justice in the United States” by ACLU National Prison Project director Elizabeth Alexander, this incisive and deftly researched volume shows how billions of tax dollars designated for the public good end up lining the pockets of those private enterprises dedicated to keeping prisons packed.

“An important analysis of a troubling social trend” (Booklist) that is sure to inform and outrage any concerned citizen,Prison Profiteers reframes the conversation by exposing those who stand to profit from the imprisonment of millions of Americans.

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table_of_contents Introduction / by Tara Herivel -- The political economy of prisons -- Banking on the prison boom / Judith Greene -- Million-dollar blocks: the neighborhood costs of America's prison boom / Jennifer Gonnerman -- Doing borrowed time: the high cost of backdoor prison finance / Kevin Pranis -- Making the "bad guy" pay: growing use of cost shifting as an economic sanction / Kirsten D. Levingston -- Prisons, politics, and the census / Gary Hunter and Peter Wagner -- Don't build it here: the hype versus the reality of prisons and local employment / Clayton Mosher, Gregory Hooks, and Peter B. Wood -- The cultural commodification of prisons / Paul Wright -- The private prison industry -- Prison labor fuels American war machine / Ian Urbina -- On the inside with the American Correctional Association / Silja J.A. Talvi -- Jails for Jesus / Samantha M. Shapiro -- Florida's private prison industry corporation under siege / David M. Reutter -- Making out like bandits -- Behind closed doors: privatized prisons for youth / Tara Herivel -- Sick on the inside: correctional HMOs and the coming prison plague / Wil S. Hylton -- Private health care in jails can be a death sentence / Paul von Zielbauer -- The riot academy: guards stage mock prison riots to test the latest high-tech gear / Jennifer Gonnerman -- Mapping the prison telephone industry / Stevn J. Jackson -- Shocked and stunned: the growing use of tasers / Anne-Marie Cusac -- For-profit transportation companies: taking prisoners and the public for a ride / Alex Friedmann.
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title Prison profiteers : who makes money from mass incarceration
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