This seems to me just a rewording towards your ethical standpoint with little definite grounds in reality. They recieve pay, they are incarcerated because they broke a law that is worthy of incarceration in the eyes of the public. Profit is not inherently evil but indeed can drive men to do evil things. Consider that if the prisoners pay for thier prison time, law abiding citizens do not and taxes are lowered. All parties profit.
I sympathize with your intentions, really. But there are several problems.
First, there is the matter of 'worthy incarceration'. The marijuana laws are a great example. Americans, by a vast majority, do not think marijuana is a dangerous drug and oppose current laws against marijuana. Still, thousands of Americans are arrested, jailed and sent to prison every year for violating those marijuana laws, laws which are unjust in the eyes of the people.
Second, we have to consider the practical implications of the system. A system in which someone profits when another goes to prison promotes the first person to encourage incarceration among his fellow man. As you say so accurately, 'Profit is not inherently evil but indeed can drive men to do evil things.' In the case of private prisons, and in the case of funding addicted government agencies, this profit has driven men to do many evil things.
Third, law abiding citizens are not the only ones who pay taxes, and not all citizens outside of the prison system are law abiding.
Wall Street profits, and bureaucrats who want more money in their department coffers profit.
I agree with this wholheartedly, but the fact of the matter is that this is allready inplace, my intent is simply to maximize profit of all peoples, the public through tax cuts, the private companies through increase profit and the workers with a means to income while in prison.
Right, corruption already exists. And I have a problem with profiteering from corruption, and certainly cannot support measures which would gladly allow more profiteering from the corruption already in place.
Also, I see the whole of the private prison system to be corruption. These companies make money by keeping people in cages, and make more money when more people get put into cages, regardless of the offense.
I do see, however, that such reforms would actually weaken the argument against the war on drugs as it eliminates the tax burden tht the public has to carry so in this sense it may be a poor policy. I consider the war on drugs to be a grave injustice and a failed one at that, drug use is at an all time high!
The war on drugs is a terrible joke. Yes, use is at an all time high (heheh), but drugs are also pervasive in prison. Talk to people who have been there and they will tell you access to drugs is in no way hampered by being in prison.
The only thing I don't understand is why the companies dont realize that they stand to profit off of drugs (especially marijuana) commercially rather than through criminalizing and taking control of the prison systems! The corporations should be presuring politicians to legalize marijuana and step back from the war on drugs stance gradually. I think that perhaps this is happening but very gradually.
You would think so. The real problem is the drug companies. Legalizing marijuana would significantly reduce the need for many expensive drugs. Consider if the drug companies lost their revenues from nausea medication (especially those super expensive chemo-therapy drugs). Marijuana is so versatile and so harmless that the plant would eradicate much of our drug company's revenues.
Also, hemp produces four times the amount of paper from one acre than timber. Suddenly, all of that property bought up by lumber companies loses a great deal of value.
But mostly, it's big pharma. When you start to look at the ex-pharma executives now in government, the story isn't hard to find.
Prvatisation of the prison system has its ups and downs.I'm not so sure that any of us can say that we know what the direct consequences will be, but we most definiately will find out.
Sure we do. Massive corruption, huge profit margins for the elite, squalor and suffering for the poor. It's the ancient tale of power abusing the powerless.
The penile system will never reduce crime. If we want to reduce crime, we have to first reconsider our legislation (like the war on drugs), and most importantly, address the causes of crime - poverty. We had a war on pverty in the US, but somehow politicians forgot about it and instead spent time with the war on drugs.
Why you ask?
Because the war on drugs is indefinitely fundable - we can spend and spend forever, and bureaucrats love that. Also, by felonizing large swaths of the population, politicians can target certain demographics in order to positively influence elections. Remember - Nixon passes his drug laws to punish the anti-Nixon hippies and HS Thompson types.