Daniel Halliday
Nov 22 · Last update 7 mo. ago.

Is the US prison industrial complex becoming a new American slave labour market?

The prison-industrial complex is a term used to describe the industry that has arisen around the prison system in the United States and the support of this industry. The prison industry is supported by the private interests of corporations that, use cheap prison labour, construct prisons, supply prisons, operate prisons, as well as prison guard unions, private probation companies, lawyers, and lobbyists that vie for supportive government policy for the industry by enacting ever stricter incarceration policy. The term is taken from military-industrial complex, made famous in President Dwight D. Eisenhower's farewell address, and is similarly seen to widely perpetuate negative trends for American society for the benefit of big businesses. What can be done about the US prison-industrial complex? Is it funding a slave like labour market? Where in the world are punishment and prisons handled better?
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In the 1970s U.S. prison labour began to be privatised and Nixon declared a War on Drugs, through the 1980s the Sentencing Reform Act and the emergence of the first prison management corporations set the stage for an unhealthy relation between business and incarceration in the country. The relationship between corporate interests and government policy has since festered as private interests have benefited from ever-increasing amounts of prison slave labour. This pattern continued through the 90s as then U.S. Attorney General William Barr published his ‘Case for More Incarceration’ and President Bill Clinton passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. As money and corporate interests pushed for an ever more coercive legal system that disproportionately targets minority groups, prison numbers were clearly boosted to unprecedented levels and corporate prison revenues skyrocketed. In the United States slavery was abolished under the 13th amendment with a caveat for slavery as a punishment for crime, but there remains more people in the U.S. prison system now than were ever enslaved at the height of slavery in the country, which begs the question did slavery really end in the U.S. or did it just shift to a new approach?

theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/23/prisoner-speak-out-american-slave-labor-strike aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/mass-incarceration/william-barr-was-ardent-champion-mass-incarceration blackagendareport.com/mass-incarceration-profit-13th-amendment-and-national-oppression-us

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