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Here is a compelling article from HuffPo
Which spells out the bottom line of the Prison Industrial Complex's true motivation--surprise surprise--not restoration but profits, not rehabilitation but literally spelled out in the letter this article refers to--a stipulation that prisons stay at least 90% full over their 20 year contract deal. CCA (CXW on the NYSE) is the US's largest privatized corrections corporation.
Proof of the link between corporate interests and investment in lobbying for stricter laws is coming to light continuously; ALEC (alec.org) fronts as an NPO/NGO but on the backend is involved in private prison corp's interests at length. It's big business.
Keywords: Prison Industrial Complex (PIC), CCA (Correctional Corporation of America), ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council - alec.org)