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  • PRISON PRIVATIZATION
  • RECIDIVISM
  • INMATE HEALTH
Winning Issue » PRISON PRIVATIZATION


With more than 2 million people incarcerated, our nation holds more people behind bars than Russia and China combined. Our prison inmate population has more than tripled since 1987. This incarceration effort requires an industry that employs more than 800,000 people. We have decided to “sub-contract” some of these jail-keeper services to private companies. The new prisons and medical facilities these corporations have constructed now house nearly 10% of all prison inmates, and this number is growing. Supporters claim privatized prisons are cheaper and more efficient than prisons operated by our government. They claim these jails can be built quickly, are equipped with the latest technology, are less crowded, and provide jobs for local communities. However, opponents believe that allowing the profit motive into the prison equation does not save money - it only encourages these companies to provide low-paying dangerous jobs for these communities. Private prison employees receive about half of what federal corrections officers are paid. Critics say this is why there are few, if any, economic benefits to communities where these facilities are located. They also say that privatizing prisons has given these corporations and their unions an incentive to lobby against reducing prison populations. Advocates claim that for-profit prison corporations are one of the biggest voices for longer prison sentences, and for more people to be incarcerated.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.2470 - Private Prison Information Act of 2015



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current prison privatization policy and wish to defeat H.R.2470 - Private Prison Information Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support sponsoring a bill to reduce, phase out and discontinue the practice of sub-contracting prison services to private companies, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support requiring privately-operated correctional and detention facilities that house federal prisoners to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by making certain records available to the public in the same manner as records maintained by a federal agency operating a federal prison or detention facility, and wish to pass H.R.2470 - Private Prison Information Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) and/or Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (TX), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support sponsoring a bill to reduce, phase out and discontinue the practice of sub-contracting prison services to private companies, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
February 20, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
March 4, 2020
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February 27, 2020


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