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Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Why The Governor Wants More Bars

Colorado Springs - Prisoners are a lot like corn. Like corn, prisoners are a commodity government pays for. That's why Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter wants more prisons, right away. Caught in a public-private entanglement, he serves a ravenous beast that feeds on criminal flesh and gets hungrier by the day. The state needs the beast; the beast needs the state.

When the Bush administration created massive subsidies for private enterprise to make fuel out of crops, the ethanol industry built plants and demanded corn. No corn, no government checks. As a result, we have a nation awash in corn - more corn than anyone ever dreamed we could need. Thousands of farmers, who once produced a variety of foods consumers wanted and needed, now produce only corn. Loads and loads of excess corn that serve no purpose other than satiating an artificial venture which will never stand on its own because it serves no genuine need.

Likewise, when states began paying private enterprise to house prisoners in the 1980s, a new industry built prisons and demanded flesh. No prisoners, no government check. The inmate population grew by leaps and bounds, a surplus generated by the war on drugs and bizarre new sentencing laws that keep non-violent offenders in prison for years. Today, more than one in 100 Americans live behind bars and the United States has more prisoners than any country in the world. Attach government checks to corn, and corn will be grown to fill an artificial demand. Attach government checks to prisoners, and the system will deliver them in droves.
Gazette

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

At last. A reporter from the dark city of Colorado Springs - the Gazette - who tells the brutal truth.

Our son is a commodity. Money for the pseudo-masters who really believe they are kings ... and a few queens.

Is it ... now ... when I should say, "I feel better." (???)

Anonymous said...

the public needs to take the money away from the system to handle. No money no more prisoners. dj

Anonymous said...

That is the whole problem with prisons, they store people. Would it not be better to fix people. Then we would not have the need for more prisons. Treat the problem, not the result. Thats an idea????

Anonymous said...

big business has taken your loved ones and made them into cash cows for the state and feds...just when will it end ....????

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