The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

American Civil Liberties Union: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration

Prison Cells and Guard Image A recent report, "Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration", by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) finds that the national mass incarceration system often results in negative effects on the government and the general public, but not for the private prison industry. The report examines the business models of private prison companies and states that, "their models depend on high rates of incarceration [...] As incarceration rates skyrocket, the private prison industry expands at exponential rates, holding ever more people in its prisons and jails, and generating massive profits". The report compares revenue increases for the private prison industry against the national incarceration rates, which drain government funding and taxpayer dollars and "deprives individuals of their freedom". The report is broken down into three main sections which include the following: Section one- addresses the background of the private prison industry over the past 30 years. Section two -addresses the "supposed" benefits of private prisons. Section three- addresses "tactics private prison companies have used to obtain control of more taxpayer dollars".