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The US prison system is broken; can it ever be repaired?

• Terrence Aym
The dirty little secret is that the current prison system is not designed to succeed. In fact a recent study of prison population growth since 1960 revealed that if the growth rate curve continues on its current trajectory that the prison population will double by 2025 and triple by 2050. Of course that's assuming that government stops writing laws and regulations that continue to expand the definition of what constitutes crimes. If the trend doesn't slow or stop then no one can predict what the actual prison population numbers will be a few decades from now. Perhaps ten times the projected numbers...

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Comment by Olde Reb
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 there was also a prison labor system in Germany during the '30's that made rubber products, aircraft, rocket components, quarry work, etc.

Comment by Olde Reb
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 the prison industry is not built for rehibilation---it is built for forced labor.  the federal prison industry system,  UNICOR, manufacturers furniture, auto parts, leases labor out to private businesses and to states and does work that competes with tax-paying industry.  States have their own prison labor systems---not just to make automobile tags.

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