Online Paralegal Degree Center created this infographic entitled “Prison Inc., the Secret Industry,” to illustrate the workings of the prison industry. The infographic provides information on the number of people who are incarcerated and how much this costs the government each year. It also outlines how the number of private prisons has increased exponentially in the past few years, and the effect this has had on how prisons are run. It also details the amount these prisons make in annual profits, and explains how some prison corporations contract with other companies, like McDonald’s and Starbuck’s, to provide cheap prison labor. It concludes by detailing how these same prison corporations make deals with the government, also for profit.
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