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Your Call: Who’s profiting from the US prison system?

Aug 18, 2015

On the August 18th edition of  Your Call, we’ll continue our weeklong series about the prison industrial complex by discussing the growing prison industry.

The United States spends more than $55 billion a year on state and federal prison systems. We’ll follow the money and look at the vested interests opposing change, from corporations to politicians. Who is reaping the financial rewards of mass incarceration? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

James Kilgore, writer, activist, and author of Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Era

Paul Wright, founder and Executive Director of the Human Rights Defense Center, editor of Prison Legal New, and author of Prison Profiteers: Who Makes Money from Mass Imprisonment

Web Resources:

Prison Legal News: Dedicated to Protecting Human Rights

Truthout: Five Corporations You've Never Heard of Are Making Millions From Mass Incarceration

James Kilgore: Mass Incarceration and Working Class Interests: Which Side Are the Unions On?

CounterPunch: The Myth of Prison Slave Labor Camps in the U.S.

The Guardian: Big business built the prison state. Why should we trust them to tear it down

Washington Post: How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about

First Look: Private Prison Lobbyists Are Raising Cash for Hillary Clinton

Truthout: Shocking Facts About America's For-Profit Prison Industry