Justice Wasn't Served. It Was Bought.

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Justice Wasn't Served. It Was Bought.

When prisoners become units from which profit is derived, there is a tendency to see them as commodities”. - Ira P. Robbins
For-profit prisons are unjust. For-profit prisons take advantage of people who are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses such as theft, drug possession, and illegal immigration. These prisons increase their profits the more prisoners they house and the longer their
sentence.

Corporations such as the GEO Group Inc. and Corrections Corporations of America (CCA) make millions from their prison contracts each year as well as charging exorbitant fees for phone calls, housing, and other services in prison. According to a study by Anita Mukherjee at the University of Wisconsin, people who go to a private prison spend an average of 60 to 90 days longer in prison for the same crimes. It is immoral for any system to exploit people to gain a profit for themselves.

A way to end privatized prisons is through the Justice Is Not For Sale Act. The Justice Is Not For Sale Act (H. R. 3543) was introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders, Representative Raul M. Grijalva, Representative Keith Ellison and Representative Bobby L. Rush. The goal of this act is to end contracts with private companies that run prisons, as well as to regulate more closely who goes to prison. We, the students in The Center for Social Justice in Montclair High School want to see this bill passed to dissolve for-profit prisons.

We cannot advance prison reform without changing existing laws. Join us in helping to raise awareness for the Justice Is Not For Sale Act. Write a message of support to Representative Keith Ellison to help push this bill through.

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