Private prisons are booming, even as prisoners are ailing:

“The more we looked into the situation the more we realized it was a systemic problem,” said [Deborah] Golden, [an attorney with the DC Prisoners Project]. “I suspect that it’s a pattern all over. When you try to run prisons as money makers what you do is cut back on the most expensive thing you can, which is medication and medical care.”

(hat tip: Utne)

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