“The United States Criminal Justice System is flawed, broken, yet fixable; Prison Reform and Sentencing Reform should be major agenda’s for each state- we need to stop warehousing prisoners and ready those who are going to parole.Inmate rehabilitation improves public safety and lowers prison costs.“We have to care because we can’t afford not to”.via Prison Quotas Push Lawmakers To Fill Beds, Derail Reform.”
This is a repost from: Prisonmovement.wordpress.com.
The issue of Prison Reform is close to my heart. I would love to be involved to the point where I’d actually have a voice that would make a difference….but since I only have this blog…it is here I must vent…
I can speak to Georgia (Hays State Prison): one example of private companies being a huge mistake is in the cafeteria! Private companies bid for the job….while trying to win the contract, the company provides an abundance of great quality food for the men. However, once the company wins the contract there is suddenly not enough food for all the men to eat. They must stand in line for over an hour to even arrive at the cafeteria, only then to be told there is not enough food. The food that is served has become either no longer identifiable or will make men ill.
Only if you are blessed to have family, which most do not, do you have money for highly marked-up junk food from the store. (Imagine living off of gas station snacks for over 10 years) The others without family, either just go hungry or steel what other men bought at the store. This is not reform, or any sort of rehabilitation in my book.
I know not all states operate this way. Here in West Virginia, it is not like that. The men at the State Facility I volunteer at receive great meals and enough to eat.
This does not even delve into the issue of Phone Companies who charge over $20 dollars per 16 minute call to the family members of inmates. Further Private company involvement that is wrong.
Private company involvement within the prison system should be outlawed.