What a lot of people don’t understand is that the prison industrial complex goes far beyond just the fact that prisons exists.
It’s every single major corporation in the world benefitting from paying slave wages for prison labor
It’s private prisons enforcing quotas to incentivize the state to arrest and convict at higher rates
It’s the war on drugs treating (mostly black and latino) non-violent drug users as hardened criminals
It’s the school to prison pipeline
It’s a country where homelessness is criminalized
It’s mandatory minimum prison sentences
It’s imprisoning civilians for years without bail Before they get a trial
It’s prisoners leaving prison in debt because the slave wages they were forced to work for didn’t cover the cost of food and a bed
It’s former prisoners losing the right to vote
It’s employers discriminating against former prisoners
It’s abuse and substandard living conditions.
It’s a corrupt police state that falsifies evidence and unfairly targets minorities.
The problem is that a lot of y'all still just think of prison as a place where bad people go. It’s not. Most of the bad people are in board rooms, on the golf course, at the bank, in the white house. The truth is, prisons in America are just a business. The lie that they keep you safe is just an ad they can run.
Abolish the prison industrial complex