Resolution Calling for the Abolition of For-Profit Private Prisons

This resolution was developed by the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) and includes an analysis of the arguments for and against for-profit private prisons. The report as a whole was approved by the 215th General Assembly 2003 for churchwide study and implementation. It makes clear that private prisons are not an economic but a deep religious and ethical issue, a cornerstone of our collective work to put justice back into the so-called criminal justice system.

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  1. Jobs are outsourced to prisons, and slavery is being reinstated because corporations are counting on, and taking advantage of folks' apathy and disdains for prisoners, and for "illegal" immigrants in particular... Meanwhile jobs for folks, who are outside walls, are taken away from them to be outsourced to cheap prison labor. Prisoners are exploited by corporations, paid more or less 40 cts/hour, more often less than more, sometimes paid nothing at all (especially "illegal" immigrants), in lieu of the minimum $7.50/hour that corporations would have to pay to law abiding citizens. The difference, quite clearly, contributes to major corporate profits, while folks outside walls are still unemployed and continue to lose their jobs. When you consider the major corporations that employ prison labor (furniture factories, Microsoft, Boing, IBM, Starbuck, Victoria secret, BP, Sodexo, medical supplies, road signs, military supplies, etc.) you quickly realize that moving jobs back to law abiding citizens would surely help diminish unemployment figures!!! Incarcerating people for profit not only trumps civil rights, it is WRONG!!! The higher the incarceration rates, the more outsourcing of jobs to prisons, and the more dramatic the race to the bottom for skilled workers. Likewise, the higher the incarceration rate, the higher the unemployment rate for folks outside walls, since jobs are outsourced to the industrial private prison complexes. So here are the public costs: 1) incarceration costs paid with our tax money (translated into profits for private prisons and corporations) + 2) unemployment benefits also paid with our tax money for people, whose jobs were outsourced to prisons. Same old historical greed that has caused slavery! ABOLISH FOR-PROFIT PRISONS!!!

    by Lydie Meunier

    June 3, 2012

  2. Let me know How I Can Help.

    by Kenda Gammell

    June 3, 2012