April 5, 2012

Incarceration, Inc.

We look at America’s Prison-Industrial Complex.

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world at 760 people per 100,000. Between 1999-2010 the use of private prisons increased by 40 percent at the state level and by 784 percent in the federal prison system. This rapid expansion of the private prison industry is the subject of much debate in the US, and has been termed the "Prison-Industrial Complex."

In this episode of The Stream, we talk to Paul Ashton, a researcher with Justice Policy Institute; Charlie DeTar, co-founder of Between The Bars, a blogging platform for people in prison; and Harris Kenny, a policy analyst with Reason Foundation.

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