I spotted the following headline in today’s Guardian:
Sweden closes four prisons as number of inmates plummets
Decline partly put down to strong focus on rehabilitation and more lenient sentences for some offences
I do not expect to ever see these words written about any country that places profit before rehabilitation. And, where revenge is rated higher than forgiveness.
Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail.
What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail.
It won't fatten the dog.
NB. What's becoming more profitable, and what is being cut in the US?
Some quotes with disturbing facts from a New Yorker article about life in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave:
“Six million people are under correctional supervision in the U.S.—more than were in Stalin’s gulags.”
“...American prisoners, huge numbers of whom are serving sentences much longer than those given for similar crimes anywhere else in the civilized world...”
“Texas alone has sentenced more than four hundred teen-agers to life imprisonment.”
“More than half of all black men without a high-school diploma go to prison at some time in their lives.”
“In truth, there are more black men in the grip of the criminal-justice system—in prison, on probation, or on parole—than were in slavery then.”
“In the past two decades, the money that states spend on prisons has risen at six times the rate of spending on higher education.”
“Blacks are now incarcerated seven times as often as whites.”
“If mass incarceration is considered as a system of social control—specifically, racial control—then the system is a fantastic success.”
“Northern impersonality and Southern revenge converge on a common American theme: a growing number of American prisons are now contracted out as for-profit businesses to for-profit companies.”
“Brecht could hardly have imagined such....a capitalist enterprise that feeds on the misery of man trying as hard as it can to be sure that nothing is done to decrease that misery.”
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