Corporations Reap Billions from Mass Incarceration

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Corporations Reap Billions from Mass Incarceration

New Brave New Films campaign exposes the companies that profit off prisoners

A new video series called Prison Profiteers exposes the corporations that profit from the nation's incarceration system, including medical companies, bail companies, phone companies, and even police departments.

The report mentions Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group as private prison companies who profit from mass incarceration.

Jesse Lava, campaign director of Brave New Films where he runs the Beyond Bars campaign against mass incarceration, says that it’s not just private prison companies who profit.

Global Tel*Link, who provide phone services between inmates and families, "charge up to $17 for a 15 minute phone call,” said Lava.

Lava also that incarceration costs taxpayers about $74 billion a year, according to data from 2007.

“If you count however, courts and cops, which of course are part of the incarceration system, taxpayers are paying $228 billion a year. So this is an absolutely massive system that taxpayers are on the hook for,” says Lava.

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