Once you’ve locked up more people than other nations around the globe, you have to keep the lights on. Prison abolitionist Ruth Wilson Gilmore explains that prisons “are essentially small cities with the water, heating and electrical demands.” This amounts to $1.7 billion annually.
People in prison have medical needs. They may have a wide range of ailments, just like anyone on the outside would. Prison healthcare is also substandard, but companies that provide it to people behind bars have made as much as $12.3 billion annually on this.
Telecommunications is booming – and calls, virtual visits, and more cost outrageous prices! It keeps families apart. But corporations make $1.3 billion annually from this. This and all of the aforementioned data from the Prison Policy Initiative exposes profits made from Black pain.