Freedom is obviously bad for business. That's the message from the private prison industry which is threatening to take legal action against states if they do not start locking more people up.
The private jail business, well-known for profiting off of imprisonment and criminal offence, is now stating that the state's they have contracted with aren't keeping up their end of the bargain. The private prisons count on a specific variety of inmates for free of charge and virtually-free servant labor.
That labor is used for a range of trades, consisting of making uniforms for popular dining establishments like McDonalds and Applebee's. However if the private jails don't have adequate inmates locked up then production decreases correlative with the decline in free labor (i.e. slavery).
It comes as a surprise to numerous Americans, but slavery was never in fact abolished in the United States. That's not a metaphor, it refers cautious reading of the 13th amendment to the Constitution. That change-- typically lauded for eliminating slavery-- in fact makes an exception for prisons. Slavery is still completely legal as "punishment for a criminal offence."
Ratified at the end of the Civil War, the amendment eliminated slavery, with one important exception: Slavery and uncontrolled yoke in fact continue to be legal "as a punishment for criminal activity whereof the party will have been properly convicted." Simply put, according to this so-called punishment stipulation, if you get stopped with the incorrect controlled substance in your trunk, there's absolutely nothing in the 13th amendment to guarantee you cannot be thought of as a slave of the state.
The penalty stipulation was taken straight from the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and reflected the belief of the time that hard work was vital to prisoners' ethical rehabilitation. But the language was likewise uncertain enough to be grossly abused. Quickly, the provision was being utilized to reinstitute slavery under another guise.
Think about that there are more African Americans behind bars today than there were oppressed at any other given time in American history and it ends up being clear how corporations got their "work around" to keep slavery 100% legal. This is absolutely nothing new. This is the way it has been since slavery was apparently abolished.
Now, the personal prison industries state the government isn't maintaining their end of the agreements for this slave labor.
Those government agencies signed agreements ensuring a minimum occupancy or quota of prisoner-slaves
California agreed that prisons will be filled to 70% capacity at all times. Arizona promises virtually 100% occupancy.
With criminal offence numbers dropping, the personal jail industry is losing cash and they are none too pleased.
In order to prevent these claims, judges will have to dish out extra-long maximum sentences-- not due to the fact that the offender deserves it, however because the state wants to keep these contracts in excellent standing with the private jail industry.
If you oppose slavery, then help us SPREAD THE WORD about this legal-loophole that has been keeping slavery in full effect because the 13th amendment was composed.
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