The Key to Ending Private Prisoner Exploitation is Not Regulation but Competition

Perhaps you don’t think it should matter if prisoners get ripped off by their phone services. Maybe you’re right. But it still doesn’t make sense to give special monopoly favors to politically-connected corporations to make money off some of the poorest people (not just prisoners, but their families). According to the New York Times, Inside the razor wire on Eagle Crest Way, in rural Clallam Bay, Wash., telephone calls start at $3.15. Emails out, beyond the security fence, run 33 cents. Read more […]

Why Do We Treat Prisoners Better Than Our Elderly?

Having the wonderful wife that I do, she often sends me things that may be worth writing about and this is one of them.  She gleaned these words of wisdom from someone’s post on Facebook.  I often ignore these, but this one got my attention, partially because I once worked in the intensive care section of a nursing home and partially because I am utterly disgusted with our prison system. The wonderful words of wisdom are: “Here is some food for thought…We should place the elderly in prisons. Read more […]