Free sample from "Cannabis Legalization and the Bible" by Rev. Paul J. Bern
- Through the use of inmate labor to produce goods and services in federal and state prisons.
- Through the contracting of this labor to private companies at below-market wages.
- By privatization of the prisons and detainment centers themselves. Given these perverse incentives to maintain a high inmate population, is it any wonder that the number of prisoners and the length of their sentences – Americans comprise 5 percent of the world's total population but 25 percent of the world's prison population – have skyrocketed since privatization began in 1984?
- Number of inmates. From 1920 to 2006, the general U.S. population grew only 2.8 times in the same period, but the number of inmates increased more than 20 times.