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The Privatization of Our Prisons: Truth Behind Bars

The privatization of the prison industry gives rise to the concept known as the “Industrial Prison Complex”, the idea that profit drives the growth of the prison industry. This concept is rampant in the United States but Canada could be next. An example of this idea can be demonstrated by the Government outsourcing its management and control of the prison system  to private corporations which may build, operate and run  facilities for the Government in a more efficient manner than what would otherwise be possible. The prison industry is becoming one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.

In the United States, which boasts the highest prisoner incarceration rate in the world,   there are several  corporations including Correctional Corporation of America (CCA), amongst others which see opportunity in steadily growing incarceration rates, and overcrowding prisons leading to what has become  a billion dollar a year industry in the United States alone. These companies build, manage and provide services to the prison industry such as healthcare, food, psychiatric, design, and secure transportation services to name but a few.

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