Friday, September 23, 2011

More federal prisons may be on the way

The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations last week approved its bill to fund Commerce, Justice and Science programs and agencies for FY 2012.

The bill, which comes from a subcommittee chaired by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), zeroes out funding for the popular Second Chance Act (which is proposed to receive $70 million in the House bill).

Shockingly, the bill added a $350 million increase to the Bureau of Prisons, a portion of which will help them kick off a multi-year prison building campaign that will result in 7 new prisons in 4 years.

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1 comment:

Thinking CAP said...

Ridiculous.

Prisons are a completely unsustainable industry, they produce nothing and completely rely on outside funding. But I guess prisoners are used as (nearly) slave labor, so there are probably some people who think they “add value” that way; but their underpaid labor doesn't benefit anyone but the business owners who are exploiting them.

It’s going to be a strange day as we continue to spiral down in to broke, and more broke, and really really broke, as the Prison/Prohibition Industrial Complex starts whining about how they are too big to fail and demands bailouts. "We need to borrow more trillions of dollars from other countries to build more prions and fund those we already have."

Personally I think in Daniel’s vision of the 4 beasts, the 4th beast is the Prison/Prohibition Industrial Complex, stomping the planet, crushing its victims, devouring them with iron teeth. The question is who are the horns on its head? Possibly the horns are not individuals but nations or perhaps companies.