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.
A surprise inspection of a men’s prison in Acapulco unearthed 100 plasma TVs, 2 sacks of marijuana, 2 peacocks, 100 cockerels… and 25 women.
Companies in America will outsource call center duties to prisons. The prisoners make $0.92 per hour to handle calls.
Alcatraz was once the only federal penitentiary in the U.S. that provided hot showers for its inmates. Prison staff reasoned that inmates who were used to warm, comfortable water would not be able to withstand the freezing San Francisco Bay during an escape attempt.
California is spending more on prisoners than colleges.
There is a prison in Norway where inmates can go fishing and swim at the beach. They also have TVs, computers and showers in their cells.
There was a private prison that fed vegan meals, gave Bible studies, offered job training, anger management, etc. where violence dramatically decreased and inmates of all races associated with each other, where only 2% were rearrested, when the state of California had a rearrest rate of 95%.
The Netherlands are cutting 1,200 jobs and closing a total of 8 prisons due to a lack of prisoners.
1 in every 100 American adults are in prison, and that the U.S has more people in prison than China. 40% of which are black, despite black people comprising only 12.5% of the population. If you are a black man born in 1991, there is roughly a one in three chance you will go to jail at some point in your life.