Private prisons experienced a rebirth in the United States during the 1980's, soon after our society started down the path toward mass incarceration. The United States comprises 5% of the world's population yet incarcerates 25% of the world's prisoners. It wasn't always like this. Through prison privatization our society has created multi-billion dollar corporations that seek to incarcerate ever more people through political spending and they oppose alternatives to incarceration in order to keep their beds filled.
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