Private prisons are big business in Arizona. The “industry” played a major role in crafting SB 1070, the anti-immigrant Jim Crow voter suppression law. That has since been turned into a national model by ALEC, the infamous right-wing group that hands out extremist legislation to be passed, word for word, into law in statehouses nationwide. Are they good for inmates or even taxpayers? Not so much, according to an article in The Nation that further gives Arizona publicity that money can’t buy.
Meanwhile, a lawsuit has been filed saying that inmates are denied adequate medical care and mental-health care. No doubt. The mentally ill without means are now warehoused in America’s prisons or on its streets. As for the just-plain-ill behind bars, they will be dealt with by a private company (what else?) with an odor trailing it.
But who cares, especially among the Elect? They are, after all, the Elect — their power and affluence show that God smiles upon them. Or so they think.
Arizona has the tenth highest adult incarceration rate in the country. That rate has no correlation with population and little connection with crime rates. With one exception, the top 10 are Southern states, plus Arizona which remains red-and-Southern in much of its outlook. No matter how many people are locked up — or face the inhuman treatment before prison from the Badged Ego — the white-right still cowers inside its gated properties and segregated “master planned communities.”