Fact #2: It’s Not Just Private Prisons
Private prisons aren’t the only facilities with profit in mind. Jails make money by locking people up on a contractual basis with prisons! Laws target Black people so police can make more arrests – to feed the corporatization of mass incarceration.
Fact #3: Prison Itself Is A Reform
Prisons have always targeted us, but some saw them as better than historic forms of lynching and execution. Prisons have evolved over time; the era of mass incarceration began in the ’70s. Changing the face of racism through reform hasn’t saved us.
Fact #4: Prisons Treat Us Like Property
Prison as we know it is directly linked to slavery. Laws like the Black Codes were used following emancipation to re-enslave Black people. Laws like repeat offender laws target us today with the same purpose! We’re still treated as property to exploit.