I wrote something yesterday that forumgoer Mothra referred to as "a Thad mic drop", so I figured it might be a good idea to repost here. For posterity and stuff.
Mothra had brought up the Kids for Cash scandal, which has been in the news recently due to the Third Circuit's rejection of Mark Ciavarella's appeal.
The short version of the story is that two judges accepted bribes from the owner of a private juvenile detention center, in exchange for sending as many children there as possible.
I'm not a religious man, so when I say that there is a special place reserved in Hell for them, what I actually mean is "a minimum-security prison".
Anyhow, here's what I wrote yesterday; originally posted on Brontoforumus.
There are a lot of industries I hate. A lot I see as hopelessly, incurably corrupt, as industries whose very function is to profit from human suffering.
Health insurance. Investment banking. Oil and coal. Weapons. Newscorp.
But the private prison industry is the very worst.
The very proposition of creating a profit incentive for putting people in prison and keeping them there is one that should result in only two reactions: laughter that the notion is farcical; disgust at the realization that people are serious about it.
Have I mentioned the private prison lobby's role in crafting SB1070 lately? Because here, let me just link this again:
Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law, by Laura Sullivan, NPR, 2010.