There are few chosen professions in America more stressful, difficult, and dangerous than those within the realm of law enforcement. The decision making alone would be enough to make lesser men and women cower, cry, or worse.
No, no one is going to argue that police officers, corrections officers, and others have it easy. But, in the early part of the 21st century, a growing movement has sought to demonize and vilify these peace officers wholesale for the actions of a few bad apples.
Furthermore, and adding some nefarious undertones to the entirety of America’s law enforcement hierarchy, is the massive prison system in the United States, where we have incarcerated well over 2 million people. There are terrible reasons behind this massive number, including archaic legislation regarding mandatory sentencing and The War on Drugs.
But that’s not the sort of common sense issue that democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is looking to tackle.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday announced a new plan to ban private prisons, alleging the companies behind them are “wringing billions out of federal taxpayers” and sacrificing safety to “boost their bottom line.”
“The government has a basic responsibility to keep the people in its care safe — not to use their punishment as an opportunity for profit. That’s why today, I’m proposing my plan to root out once and for all the profit incentives perverting our criminal and immigration systems,” the populist two-term senator from Massachusetts said as she unveiled her policy proposal.
Warren noted that from 2000 to 2016, the private prison population grew five times faster than the overall prison population. And she highlighted that some 4,000 corporations currently make money off mass incarceration.
Warren’s plan also has a hypocritical tinge to it, as she would be decreasing the government’s role in private prisons only to create a much larger, government-only prison system.
Warren said she’d ban private federal prisons and detention facilities by ending all contracts that the Bureau of Prisons and ICE have with private detention providers.
“And I will extend these bans to states and localities by conditioning their receipt of federal public safety funding on their use of public facilities,” she added.
We all know how poorly the government fares when it attempts to compete with the private sector – a concern that would certainly be exemplified under a Warren administration.
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