When For-Profit Prisons Become the Crime

According to Idaho state law, defendants found guilty of the crime of false imprisonment can be punished by as much as a year in prison, or a fine of up to $5,000, or both. One company found guilty of breaking the law whilst imprisoning people, however, has been getting paid $29 million a year for its services.

Over the course of the past decade, private prison-operator Corrections Corporation of America (CXW) — one of several for-profit prison operators that have been grabbing headlines in America lately — has been accused of mismanaging the 2,080-bed Idaho Correctional Center south of Boise.  Continue reading here.

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