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“Prison Profiteers: Who Makes Money from Mass Incarceration”
Talk and book presentation by Paul Wright
Monday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m. at 4 Langdon Street, Montpelier, VT Free! All welcome!
Paul Wright, editor and cofounder of Prison Legal News (the longest-publishing independent prisoner rights magazine in U.S. history), will be discussing his new book Prison Profiteers: Who Makes Money from Mass Incarceration (New Press, January 2008). Locking up 2.3 million people isn’t cheap. Each year federal, state, and local governments spend over $185 billion annually in tax dollars to ensure that one out of every 137 Americans is imprisoned. “Prison Profiteers” is a unique work in that it examines who profits and benefits from this mass imprisonment, rather than who is harmed by it and how. “Prison Profiteers” looks at the private prison companies, investment banks, churches, guard unions, medical corporations, and other industries and individuals that benefit from this country’s experiment with mass imprisonment. It lets us follow the money from public to private hands, and exposes how monies formerly designated for the public good are diverted to prisons and their maintenance. Find out where your tax dollars are going as you help to bankroll the biggest prison machine the world has ever seen.
Aside from editing “Prison Legal News” (PLN), Paul Wright is the National Lawyers Guild Jailhouse Lawyer national co-vice president. A former prisoner, Paul was imprisoned for 17 years in Washington State until his release from prison in 2003. During and since his incarceration, he has successfully litigated a wide variety of censorship and public records issues against prison systems around the country both pro se, as a plaintiff and on behalf of “Prison Legal News.” Paul founded PLN in 1990 while imprisoned. He is a 2005 Petra Fellow and a 2007 recipient of the James Madison Award from the Washington Coalition for Open Government. He is also on the advisory board of Stop Prison Rape.