In 2008 two judges were found to be accepting money from two juvenile detention centers in return for increasing the number of residents, offenses were as minimal as mocking a principal on MySpace, trespassing in a vacant building, or shoplifting DVDs from Wall-mart .
Private companies that control prison phone calls charge over a $1/minute, apply large connection/usage fees…and work to ban inmate visitation.
Prisons across America serve certain inmates a one-dish meal called “nutriloaf”, which was specifically designed to be bland, flavorless, and unappealing.
Salvador Dali made a painting for the prisoners at Rikers Island in NYC that hung in the prisoner dining room for 15 years, when it was moved to the prison lobby for ‘safekeeping’. In 2003, three prison guards and a warden stole the painting.
If Louisiana was its own country, it would have the highest incarceration rate in the world.
There is evidence that many prisoners were abandoned in their cells during Hurricane Katrina, while the guards sought shelter. Hundreds of prisoners were later registered as “unaccounted for.”
There was a fire at Ohio Penitentiary that killed 322 and injured 150 inmates. Some guards refused to unlock cells, so inmates overpowered guards and took their keys to rescue other prisoners.
Thai prisoners are released early if they take part in special kick boxing matches against foreigners.
Private-enterprise prisons have recognized that providing inmates with cable television can be a more economical method to keep them quiet and subdued than it would be to hire more guards.