I Support the People’s Platform
A Progressive Platform That Puts the Interests of the American People First.
Ending Private Prisons
Our government pays private prison corporations to set rates for each day their cells are occupied, just like hotels. When cells are occupied, they make more money for their shareholders. They support laws which imprison more people for longer periods. When our crime rate goes down, taxpayers make up the difference. Basing incarcerations on financial incentives violates our Constitution; this corrupt system highly victimizes America’s most vulnerable citizens. While white and black Americans use drugs at similar rates, black people are jailed on drug charges ten times more often than white people. One in three black men can expect to be incarcerated in his lifetime, compared with one in six Latino males, and one in 17 white males. America, once a beacon of light, symbolic of liberty and enlightenment, has traded her integrity for a for-profit business of “he who has the least pays the most.”