Prison Inc.

Tyler Durden's picture

There are 2.3 million people living behind bars in the United States and the prison system cost the federal government $55 billion every year. Between 1990 and 2010, the number of privately operated prisons in the US increased 1600%... it seems crime does pay, but for whom is the question?


Private Prison Industry


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wee-weed up's picture

Why isn't Corzine in one?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

"Why isn't Corzine in one?"  Or a host of Judges in jail.

Just saw on the evening news that some woman who was pepper-sprayed in the face during the Occupy Portland movement -- with the moment caught in an iconic pic by the Oregonian -- had  not only LOST her lawsuit against the City of Portland, but -- get this! -- she now has to pay the City its legal fees.

The US is sooooo fucked up.  The next time I hear some asshole going on about how fucking "great" this country is, I wanna kick them in the crotch and whack them on the head. 

MontgomeryScott's picture

Well, Captain, I saw the headline and thought of Metallica, almost immediately. (EDIT: The song entitled 'Damage Incorporated')

Of course, this song (and album) is both an historical document, and a predictive programming experiment, as it was released in late summer of 1988.


So, Captain, I saw your comment, and decided to post the song that was the title, in consideration of your 'shock and awe'.

'And Justice For All'.

Halls of justice, painted green
Money talking
Power wolves beset your door
Hear them stalking

Soon you'll please their appetite
They devour
Hammer of justice crushes you

The ultimate in vanity
Exploiting their supremacy
I can't believe the things you say
I can't believe, I can't believe the price you pay

Nothing can save you
Justice is lost
Justice is raped
Justice is gone

Pulling your strings
Justice is done

Seeking no truth
Winning is all
Find it so grim
So true, so real

Apathy their stepping stone
So unfeeling
Hidden deep animosity
So deceiving

Through your eyes their light burns
Hoping to find
Inquisition sinking you
With prying minds

The ultimate in vanity
Exploiting their supremacy
I can't believe the things you say
I can't believe, I can't believe the price you pay

Nothing can save you
Justice is lost
Justice is raped
Justice is gone

Pulling your strings
Justice is done

Seeking no truth
Winning is all
Find it so grim
So true, so real

Lady justice has been raped
Truth assassin
Rolls of red tape seal your lips
Now you're done in

Their money tips her scales again
Make your deal
Just what is truth? I cannot tell
Cannot feel

The ultimate in vanity
Exploiting their supremacy
I can't believe the things you say
I can't believe, I can't believe the price we pay

Nothing can save us
Justice is lost
Justice is raped
Justice is gone

Pulling your strings
Justice is done

Seeking no truth
Winning is all
Find it so grim
So true, so real

Seeking no truth
Winning is all
Find it so grim
So true, so real


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Thank you, Scotty.  I had the privilege of working with the finest damn engineer in Starfleet.

I know those Transporters and Warp Drive will be working when TSHTF.  ;-)

p.s. I'd invest in the company that'll make Transparent Aluminum when it comes out.  Just give me a heads up.  :-)

zaphod's picture

How the hell does it cost $170K/year to house an inmate???

I live on around a quarter of that, and that includes going out from time to time.

Occams_Chainsaw's picture

There are like 20 middle men taking their share of the money.  It really costs about 9 bucks but with the red tape it ramps up to 170k.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Outsource.  I'll bet we could pay Mexico to house our prisoners.  They'd probably do it for $5K/yr and make 50% profit.  Recidivism would be reduced to nothing and they'd come back as model citizens. 


boogerbently's picture

Perhaps re-evaluating our "cruel and unusual punishment" paradigm could save some money.

Sex change operations????

kralizec's picture

Less prisons, more ovens?  I mean, whattaya want?  Non-violent offenders, there's got to be a better way...except for theives, theives from pickpockets to Corzine should be extinguished, as should the most violent.  As it is we have a muddled approach of too soft on the worst and too hard on the harmless.  This will not get fixed anytime soon.

Son of Loki's picture

"There are 2.3 million people living behind bars in the United States...."

That's about 1/3 of the number who belong there:

Should be prosecuted as "attempted murder" with minimum 5 years, no chance of parole. Vile little SOBs.

Overfed's picture

They shouldn't be in prison. They should receive a bullet.

walküre's picture

What a waste of a perfectly good bullet. No my friend, I have experience with thugs like that. They make exellent hard laborers in extremely harsh conditions where most men wouldn't last a day. There is plenty work for these guys and they can prove to be worth something more than just a movator for a stolen Iphone.

Ar-Pharazôn's picture

i cannot agree more with you.


especially for highly dangerous works.

boogerbently's picture

Walkure: Fukushima ???

Couldn't we just call their execution "Retroactive Abortion"??

I hate the number "2.3 Million" being thrown around like the SIZE of the number implies something is wrong with our jailing reasoning.

These people are just part and evidence of the failure of the entitlement/something for nothing/nanny state meme.


Trucker Glock's picture

Animal Planet is more than a cable channel.

turnoffthewater's picture

Well maybe we should include Bill C and Hitlary. Rivers run deep. Cheers and thanks for the link

PacOps's picture

Guard/staff salaries, perks and pensions.

satoshi101's picture

I have some buddy's about 30 years old, fresh out of 2 tours in IRAQ, both got jobs at CLUB-FED.

$80k/year, and gold plated pension, and 100% medical, incredible floating hours,... like firemen 1 day on 3 days off, ..

Not bad for high-school dropouts,...

These guys just got the jobs, ... I can't imagine what the higher up's make,... and this is just FEDERAL gubmint 'prison'.

BLOTTO's picture

How is their piece of mind?

MontgomeryScott's picture

So, your 'buddies';

Do you have adequate defence against such when they come knocking?

A little Uncle Ted, from '78, to refresh your survival instincts:

With freinds like yours, who needs enemies?

Uber Vandal's picture

Probably the same way a 25 cent bandage costs $1000 when applied at a hospital.

Pool Shark's picture



Due to the "Prisoner's Bill of Rights." They have to be provided with cable TV, exercise equipment, libraries, medical care, sex-change operations, etc.

Here in the People's Republic of California, we're experimenting with letting all the "Non-Violent, Non-Sex" offenders out of prison. (Governor MoonBeam claims they're not being let out; they're just being sent to County Jails to be housed; along with only about half the money needed to house them. It's a win-win for MoonBeam; he reduces Prison overcrowding, and cuts the budget to boot!)

The problem is that since this went into effect (October, 2011) crime has exploded. The crooks have discovered that you can't go to prison for dealing drugs, stealing cars, or commercial burglaries. In fact; even when caught and prosecuted, the typical felon does about 3 weeks local custody time on what used to be a 3-year prison commitment.

If you live in California, lock all your doors and make sure your insurance is paid-up...


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Sounds like the perfect substitute for a failed 401k plan.

Long crime for the 60-70 crowd.

Note to self:  In case the Starfleet career doesn't pan out and the health care costs go through the Enterprise roof, must commit a series of white-collar crimes, to ensure a nice retirement at a low-security Club Fed.


Yenbot's picture


"Go watch the movie Falling Down, Jim. And pay my bloody bill!"

If you like your future, you can...

Double.Eagle.Gold's picture


Try again--


white-collar crimes get you a bonus, certainly NOT prision time.

Buck Johnson's picture

Exactly, pig planet indeed and they will add alot more trust me.

Ignatius's picture

Perverse incentives yield perverse results.

eurogold's picture

When weed becomes legal everywhere, they will go bust

kchrisc's picture

Yes and no.

They will just substitute political prisoners for prohibition ones. But then anyone that knows what government really is might just call prohibition prisoners political prisoners.


"We now live in a country where it is 'illegal' to use one’s own money."

Gromit's picture

The greatest obstacle to relaxing laws on marijuana is the Prison Industrial Complex (which includes prison guard Unions front and center).

eurogold's picture

Spot on Gromit ! Don't forget the whole police, justice system Infrustructure

Ignatius's picture

"...which includes prison guard Unions..."

Agree, but that's not a union, that's gang behavior.

So Close's picture

The prison and law industry hates the legalization of drugs.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

They don't want their (financial) dependance threatened by lack of pseudo-crime.

Spanky's picture

Just one of the many "benefits" of privatization...

arby63's picture

If my math serves me correctly, Yellen  can fund nearly 2 prisons per month! Such a deal.


My how times have changed.


We truly are doomed. I can only guarantee one thing: I won't go easy.

nightshiftsucks's picture

It sucks watching  cops and seeing the misery from drugs and then knowing that even if they get thrown in prison it won't make a difference.

 On another note the fucked week continues,turned wrong and broke both bones in my lower leg,surgery next week but at least the pain killers are legal.

satoshi101's picture

There is more drugs, contraband, and rape, and sodomy in the USA prison system than on the street.

The US prison system is the most EVIL on earth, almost all country's on earth,, let wives fuck their incarcerated husband weekly so as to not dirve him insane and become a MAN-RAPIST,... but that is exactly what the USA does by design,

It all goes back to lawyers, judges and SKULL&BONES (TEAM-BUSH), the USA has always been ran by SODOMISTS, and they have always ran the prison system.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Again easy to solve:  Cut off their dicks, but leave the balls.  >:-]

Ness.'s picture

As Bob Barker would say, "Help control the thug population and remember to have your pets spayed or neutered."

satoshi101's picture

The lawyers/judges should have their tongues removed, and teeth.

Their penis shall remain, they should all be imprisoned in their privatized prison's, where they can love each other in all orfices into perpetuity.


Make no mistake that the real CRIMINALS in the USA are the lawyers and judges running the CRIMINAL SYSTEM.

Bastiat's picture

Oh man, sorry about the leg.

Nobody For President's picture

oh, ow, shit. That's gotta hurt.

The rehab will be lengthy and tedious, and the wheelchair moreso.

You will probably get a fuck of a lot more time to cruise ZH. however, which is a mixed blessing...

Heal well.


satoshi101's picture


Prior to the "American Revolution" the USA was the worlds "PRISON COLONY"

Post revolution the world sent their worst habitual criminals to Austraila.

Today the USA has reverted to a PENAL-COLONY, perhaps as little as 200 years from prison colony to prison colony.


After the Revolution the USA brought in many more slaves to the work, later the slaves were 'freed' and everyone was made a 'wage-slave', today there is not work, so everybody becomes a convict.

Back in the day there were plantation owners today they're bankers and corporations.


We have heard it before but some of the best jobs in the USA for guys coming back form 8 years of killing in IRAQ.. is getting a job at a FEDERAL prison.

The USA can pull money out its ass forever, and keeping anyone that 'speaks up' in prison forever is for now the preferable way to control the public.


In time the  USA will be sold off, and a foriegn outfit will buy all of the PRISON infrastructure, and once again the world will send the convicts to the USA.



Atomizer's picture

You carry on that posting. Didn't read before posting. Good job.

DaddyO's picture

Prior to the "American Revolution" the USA was the worlds "PRISON COLONY"

Source Please...

During the initial landing at Plymouth, only 102 Puritans landed, of those only 57 survived the winter. Then King James had outlawed puritanism thereby making the original landing party a bunch of outlaws.

I would suggest reading Bradford's diaries...


OC Sure's picture

William Bradford? The guy who transformed Thanksgiving from communism to capitalism and thus saved his settler's lives?



Agree that S101 seems to be missing a huge conceptual chunk of what 1776 was all about.