Think about this for a minute: the United States makes up roughly 4% of the world’s population, but holds about 22% of the global prison population.
How is that possible? Because mass incarceration in the United States has turned into a business model, and powerful corporations are cashing in big.
Private prisons are raking in billions of dollars each year and using their profits to continue rigging the game in their favor.
That’s why Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-3), Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT), and I introduced the Justice is Not for Sale Act to ban all Federal contracts with private prisons.
The private prison industry has spent tens of millions lobbying Congress for stricter laws, harsher sentencing guidelines, and more government contracts.
And here’s the thing: it’s working.
Between 2000 and 2010, the number of inmates held in private prisons more than doubled. Worse still, most of those trapped in the prison-industrial complex are people of color.
We need to take action, William . And with your support, we can. Take a minute to add your name and become a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the Justice is Not for Sale Act today.
Together, we can purge corporate interests from our criminal justice system.
Rep. Keith Ellison
Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District