Modern Day Slavery happening in Louisiana USA

This is really disturbing research about what is happening in our private prison system. As you will see these for profit institutions have no interest in rehabilitating prisoners even those who are in the institution for non-violent crimes because they want them to return to prison and they do. When prisoners are freed but have no skills and no jobs they just go back to their petty criminal behaviours and return again and again. How can a country which touts human rights turn a blind eye to this egregious injustice!

Plantations, Prisons and Profits

Published: May 25, 2012
“Louisiana is the world’s prison capital. The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. Louisiana’s incarceration rate is nearly triple Iran’s, seven times China’s and 10 times Germany’s.”

Damon Winter/The New York Times

That paragraph opens a devastating eight-part series published this month by The Times-Picayune of New Orleans about how the state’s largely private prison system profits from high incarceration rates and tough sentencing, and how many with the power to curtail the system actually have a financial incentive to perpetuate it.

The picture that emerges is one of convicts as chattel and a legal system essentially based on human commodification.

First, some facts from the series:


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