For-profit incarceration and immigration detention is modern slavery.
Together we can end it.
Our Plan to End Private Prisons
Abolish Private Prisons is a non-profit organization founded for one purpose: using the United States court system to end the horrific practice of locking people up for profit. We are currently assembling our legal team and reaching out to the public to explain our mission.
We are a group of lawyers and advocates who were shocked to action when we learned about the existence of incarcerating people for profit. We believe that a small, dedicated group of people can make a large difference in the world by using the judicial system. Inspired by cases like Brown v. Board of Education, we plan to file multiple cases in federal courts across the country, eventually bringing the issue to the Supreme Court for a ruling that profiting off the backs of prisoners violated the United States Constitution.
The Serious Problems of
Mass incarceration is one of the greatest civil rights challenge of the 21st century. Injecting a profit motive into incarceration makes it less likely that we can achieve meaningful reform. Giant corporations rely on full beds and cheap labor, and they can spend enormous amounts of money lobbying for the status quo, or worse.
Keeping the country safe by separating dangerous individuals from the rest of the population is a core government function that cannot be delegated to a private company whose interest is making money. This arrangement violates the social contract that is inherent in a functioning modern democracy.
Justice is Blind - there may be no tenet more central to our justice system than that. However, injecting profits into criminal justice renders that goal non-achievable. Corporations have every incentive to keep people in prison for longer, under worse conditions, and make sure they return by offering fewer rehabilitative programs.
The United States has a dark history of exploiting the lives of disadvantaged groups (usually people of color) for the profit of the powerful - from colonial slavery through coolie labor, black codes, and Jim Crow laws, the government has sanctioned this practice. Locking people up for profit is simply the latest incarnation of slavery.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.