U.S. prison system dwarfs other nations', but what does it really cost us?
Published: October 24, 2012
What locking people up does do, Thompson said, is provide a boon to industries that feed off incarceration, from the contracting of various services to the outright privatization of prisons.
As for organized labor, Thompson said, it should be concerned about the steadily growing trend of using prison labor to provide goods and services that are in direct competition to the outside workforce.
No matter how you look at it, this nation's nearly 50-year "war" on crime has been an abysmal failure.
"Socially, economically, politically," said Thompson, "it's an utter scourge."
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