By Bryan Stevenson AUG. 14, 2019 from The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/prison-industrial-complex-slavery-racism.html SPENCER LOWELL/TRUNK ARCHIVE Several years ago, my law office was fighting for the release of a black man who had been condemned, at the age of 16, to die in prison. Matthew was one of 62 Louisiana children sentenced to life imprisonment without parole … Continue reading Slavery gave America a fear of Black people and a taste for violent punishment. Both still define our criminal-justice system.
In recent years, corporations have privatized almost every part of the public prison system. Now, PE firms are swooping in, seeking lavish returns for investors. By Tim Requarth APRIL 30, 2019 https://www.thenation.com/article/prison-privatization-private-equity-hig/ A man imprisoned in Texas talks to his son via video screen during a family visit in 2015. (AP / David J. Phillip) When the … Continue reading How Private Equity Is Turning Public Prisons Into Big Profits