How Prisons Have Become A Cash Cow For The Rich

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    How Prisons Have Become a Cash Cow For the Rich
    By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet - Friday, May 8 2015
    Prison phone contracts have become a major source of revenue for state and local governments.

    Case in point: what's happened over the past few decades with prison phone services.

    It used to be that if you were incarcerated at, say, the state penitentiary or the local jail you could call your family collect for as little as $4 an hour.

    But then, states began signing contracts with private phone companies like AT&T, who, in turn, began charging sky-high rates for phone calls between prisoners and their families.

    A 15-minute phone call that used to cost just a few bucks soon started costing as much as $17, which is a lot to ask from people in jail and prison, who generally have little to no income or from their families, who often live in poverty.

    Of course, while prisoners struggled to find a way to talk to their loved ones without breaking the bank, the phone companies got - and have stayed - very, very rich. The prison phone service industry now rakes in around $1.2 billion every year. - Read the entire article at AlterNet.

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    Rampant privatization is wreaking havoc on our society.
    POLICING FOR PROFIT
    ☛ DEAth Merchants
    ☛ Who’s going to stop the thieves?
    ☛ Why Police Officers Lie Under Oath
    ☛ Drug mishandling may have tainted 40,000 cases
    ☛ Rackets Driven by this Drug War
    ☛ Aʂʂhole police
    ☛ Second Probe Raises Stink
    ☛ WTF's Up with New Mexico?
    Have they been annexed by Texas?
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    Kochaine A.L.E.C. Drug Detention Centers
    ☛ Kochroach & Aleech...
    ☛ Koch-Owned Georgia-Pacific Environmental Crimes
    ☛ Koch Brothers eye L.A. Times, other Tribune newspapers
    ☛ Prison Overcrowding Conflict of Interest

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    Above the Law
    huffingtonpost 04/29/2015

    DPA Report Finds 'Policing for Profit' Gone Wild
    ☛ Loretta Lynch: “Civil forfeiture is a very important tool.”
    ☛ How Police Confiscation Is Destroying America.
    ☛ Police seize property and cash in questionable raids

    Seize First, Ask Questions Later: Philadelphia Police Take Over $6 Million a Year in Civil Asset Forfeiture

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    Money Grubbing Dung Worriers
    ☛ Corruption is never stopped by blue lines of silence…
    ☛ Ending D.E.A.th & Pillage Incrementally
    ☛ Forfeiture $quads

    Forfeiture Endangers American Rights Foundation
    What is Forfeiture and why do we FEAR it?
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    Shame on the Drug Worrier Profiteers
    ☛ Nonsensical Harbingers of Idiocracy
    ☛ Misinformation S.A.M.
    ☛ Belville to Sabet to Chapman 1.29.13
    ☛ If the Roots are Poison, So be the Fruit.
    ☛ Mooching Off Medicaid
    ☛ More DEA and UN Overreaching Arguments Against Legalization
    ☛ Won’t say why?
    ☛ The U.N.’s complicity in international human rights abuses
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    ☛ Lobbyists Are Getting Rich Off of WoD
    ☛ DEA Bans Dispensary Security and Armored Cars From Picking up Cash
    ☛ Their father's are rolling over in their Martini glasses...
    ☛ Project SCAM Forcing Pot Smokers Into “Prehab”
    ☛ Heard in Congress... Thud.
    ☛ Guess Who's Profiting From Pot Prohibition?
    ☛ Getting High Would Be Legal If It Weren't For THIS
    ☛ Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies
    ☛ Pisstasting is UnAmerican

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