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You should have seen the face I made when I realized how these evil companies are making money.

Our broken prison system doesn't serve anyone except the people making money on it. And they are making a lot of money.

You should have seen the face I made when I realized how these evil companies are making money.
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Being "tough on crime" doesn't mean putting people in prison forever. It means taking truly effective steps to reduce how often the law is broken.

Locking people up may make our streets safer temporarily, but if we don't rehabilitate them before their sentences end, we just end up spending more tax dollars on pushing them through the system all over again when they commit another crime.


Just in case you missed some of the biggest shockers:

  • A review of 62 contracts for state and federal prisons found that two-thirds of them required the government to keep the the prison 80-100% full.
  • 65% of private-prison contracts require the government to pay a fee if the prison is not "full enough."
  • The federal government spends over $50 billion every year to keep the prison system running.
  • In 2012, $3.3 billion of that money went to GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America, the two biggest for-profit prison companies.

Why rehabilitate our "criminals" into "law-abiding citizens" when there's so much money to be made by keeping them behind bars?

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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