Infographic: Prison-industrial Complex

An infographic about the Prison-industrial Complex (click to make larger).
Private Prisons

9 Comments on "Infographic: Prison-industrial Complex"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Jul 19, 2014 at 6:02 pm |

    don’t wory white folks
    prisons are for Blacks & minorities manily
    it is kinda embarrassing to lead the world in prisoners held
    and to make a profit driven business of of it
    that land of the free thing seems rather disingenuous

  2. good, but incomplete.

    How the hell does a “prison-industrial complex” infographic miss tax-subsidized prison workplaces displacing free workers for the Fortune 1000 and various governments?

    • Yes, that’s the insult to the injury. Not only do we pay these corporations but they make profits on the side with prison labor putting those of us paying the taxes out of work.

      • There was a similar situation in late Roman Empire with its increasing use/dependence on slaves obtained via largely state-funded conquests. IMO, one reason it’s no longer around.

        • More it was a change of tactic: Roman Catholicism internalized slavery with minimal need for conquest.

          And to ensure the official narrative didn’t get challenged, the mystics get locked up in the monasteries and convents, bent to producing the propaganda that helped ensure a steady income stream (and survival too).

          It’s all about the money. And who else has the best con flowin’?

  3. Truth Teller | Jul 20, 2014 at 8:42 am |

    It isn’t as if any rational person still believes the USA is a free country.

    Think about it. No-warrant wire taps, indefinite detention of citizens without charges, approval of rendition of prisoners and torture, stop and frisk without probable cause, search and seizure without a warrant, no-knock entry, confiscation and destruction of cameras that might have been used to film police acting illegally, police brutality, police shootings that go without investigation, managed news, and the civil-rights destroying “Patriot” Act.

    Acts of police behaving illegally, with shootings, Tasers, and unwarranted violence now appear almost daily. Rarely are these offenses punished. Most often “an investigation” is claimed, but soon forgotten.


In addition, the USA, with 5% of the world population, has 25% of all of the prisoners in the world. That means the USA has the most people in prison of any nation in history. Even by percentage of residents incarcerated, not just sheer numbers, USA is # 1


    Does any of that sound like a free country?

    As Dwight D. Eisenhower said about communism, “It’s like slicing sausage. First they out off a small slice. That isn’t worth fighting over. Then they take another small slice that isn’t worth fighting over. Then another and another. Finally, all you have left is the string and that isn’t worth fighting over, either.

  4. lilbear68 | Jul 20, 2014 at 10:01 am |

    corrupt polititians? inconceivable! from those listed not to many appear to be first termer hacks so they have been gaming the system for a while with the voters approval.
    awww cant be all bad, I kinda see it as plan b retirement program. sweet life in a min-med security joint

  5. In a glimmer of brighter news, the recent commission ruling that drug offenses can be handed retroactively reduced sentences is something of a win win. At least it acknowledges the reality that the burdensome expectation of mass incarcerations for non-violent offenses is a waste of time money and lives. Hopefully that game changer will spread. I’ve always suspected that the drug war would not be ended by noble truths or compassion or reason…but by greed and desperation over reduced resources. Many of us want it ended for good, just, measurable reasons…but the people we’re appealing to in the hopes of ending it…possess no finer sensibilities. They are mercenaries in a for profit gangster culture, a mafia built on fear and retribution. Like ticks on dogs, cops and lawyers subsist on the blood of junkies and fools. What will move the judges and politicians and lawyers to finally lay aside their racket? The public funding game running out of loot. Joe SixPack no longer makes enough to support a tax subsidized industry built on states paying out millions to private companies. We aren’t saving money…we’re spending more than ever. Now that the belts are getting tightened…the bean counters are noticing how much largesse is being pissed away to shore up a handful of shitty companies that deliver appalling service at wildly inflated prices.

    The lesson here is never appeal to douchebags and hope that their sense of heroism will save us…because they haven’t got a sense of heroism. Under the douchebaggery is 8 or 9 more layers of even worse douchebaggery. Appeal directly to their douchebaggery and make it your weapon. It’s damn near the only way to get anything done in a timely fashion.

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