- Why The US Prison System Is The Worst In The Developed World
- 6 THINGS I LEARNT FROM SPENDING 2 YEARS IN A MALAYSIAN PRISON
- The American Prison System: It’s Just Business
The US has the most incarcerated people on Earth (US is 4% of Earth’s population yet accounts for 22% of world’s prison population) Why are so many people locked up? Truthfully? For profit. Here’s the rundown:
- US’ War on Drugs in the 70s locked up a ton of people until the federal prisons were full
- So, companies were given contracts to build/operate private prisons to keep up with the amount of overflow inmates
- Private prisons are run like a business and they are paid a fixed rate for each inmate. This creates incentive for incarceration
- Besides that, to them, prisoners are money making machines, exploited to be forced labour in manufacturing
- Private prisons/corporations make profit, then donate money to politicians who support private prisons. See the cycle?
The US prison system is not designed to rehabilitate prisoners and keep them out of crime, it’s to keep them locked in. Land of the Free is not true, especially if you’re not rich or not white. To be fair, Malaysia’s prison system is also not rehabilitative/correctional enough, which is mostly due to the lack of funding. Norway has done a prison reform in the 90s and is now regarded as the world’s most humane prison system, offering an alternative for other countries to follow.