Obama Uses Lame Clemency Stunt to Push for Koch Brothers’ Prison Reform Plan

American Everyman

by Scott Creighton

Koch’s Have a Change of Heart or a New Plantation Plan from President Peace Prize?

Today we have somewhere around 2.25 million people in prisons across the country, many of them privatized, for-profit institutions. Since the early days of privatization of this sector of government service, lawmakers have taken legislation directly from the hands of lobbyists working for the very companies that profit from the prison-industrial-complex and rushed it to their various state houses in order to set draconian mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines all in the name of “getting tough on crime”

If you want an example of how making government “run like a business” doesn’t work, just consider the fact that the United States represents a mere 5% of the world’s population while we lock-up 25% of all the prisoners in the world and many of them are locked up for extended periods of time for…

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