Prison Profiteers

Prison Profiteers

Who Makes Money From Mass Incarceration

Book - 2007
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A critical analysis of the business side of imprisonment in America reveals how private prison companies, investment banks, churches, and other groups benefit from mass imprisonment, in a collection of essays that traces the allocation of tax funds throughout the prison system.

Perseus Publishing

In Prison Profiteers, co-editors Tara Herivel and Paul Wright “follow the money to an astonishing constellation of prison administrators and politicians working in collusion with private parties to maximize profits” (Publishers Weekly). From investment banks, guard unions, and the makers of Taser stun guns to health care providers, telephone companies, and the U.S. military (which relies heavily on prison labor), this network of perversely motivated interests has turned the imprisonment of one out of every 135 Americans into a lucrative business.

Called “an essential read for anyone who wants to understand what’s gone wrong with criminal justice in the United States” by ACLU National Prison Project director Elizabeth Alexander, this incisive and deftly researched volume shows how billions of tax dollars designated for the public good end up lining the pockets of those private enterprises dedicated to keeping prisons packed.

“An important analysis of a troubling social trend” (Booklist) that is sure to inform and outrage any concerned citizen,Prison Profiteers reframes the conversation by exposing those who stand to profit from the imprisonment of millions of Americans.

Book News
"Beginning with the owners of private prison companies, and extending through a whole range of esoteric industries--from the makers of taser stun guns, to riot security training companies, to prison health-care providers, to the politicians, lawyers, and bankers who structure deals to build new prisons--a motley group of perversely motivated interests coalesce to sustain and profit from mass imprisonment" in the United States. So argue Herivel (a public defender in the Portland, Oregon area) and Wright (founder and editor of the monthly magazine, Prison Legal News) who present 18 essays exploring different facets of this landscape of prison profiteering and the harm it does to prisoners and to society as a whole. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2007
ISBN: 9781595581679
Characteristics: xviii, 323 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Herivel, Tara
Wright, Paul 1965-


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