“By devolving the cost of punishment onto criminalized people themselves, the offender-funded model helps turn a profit for private firms while providing cost-savings for the municipalities that contract them.”

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In unrelated news, the newspaper says Keith Henderson has further troubles.

Paying for Punishment: The New Debtors’ Prison, by Donna Murch

… In an era of fiscal austerity and crisis, mass incarceration has enabled private contractors, municipalities, counties, and states to make money off large numbers of America’s most vulnerable residents. The historical roots of these extractive practices stretch far back in the American past.

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