The most interesting thing, perhaps, is never mentioned in the documentary. Almost all the kids who were essentially sold off to the for-profit prison industry were white kids. We know from decades of research that white kids have a tiny chance of going to jail or prison compared to black or Hispanic kids, even though their behavior and prior history might be insignificantly different.
Between CCA and its similarly sized and equally larcenous and corrupt competitor, GEO Group, they hold over 40% each of all the prisoners/detainees in U.S. for-profit prisons. With Management and Training Corporation, not noticeably better, they hold about 90% of all such prisoners in the country.
There's no basis for believing that this was the purpose of putting some many people under the thumb of corporations, but municipal, state and federal agencies have typically used the relationship to hid the sordid nature of the conditions of confinement.
The for-profits spend millions annually on lobbying to put more people in jails, prisons and "detention" facilities, and millions more on campaign contributions.
Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has been a major beneficiary of the latter.
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