Prisons for Profit: A Presentation by the ACLU
What happens when prisoners become dollar signs? Join us on Thursday, May 19th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for a special presentation on Prisons for Profit to find out. The evening will include a short documentary of the same title and a discussion led by Laurie Briggs, ACLU of Ohio Board member, and Maria Bruno, ACLU of Ohio policy associate, with Professor David Singleton, director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center. The evening will also include a time for questions and answers. Dinner will be provided.
Registration contact Crystal Jones phone 513-621-1817
The film Prisons for Profit chronicles the first 18 months in the life of the nation’s first state prison sold to a for profit corporation. In 2011, the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut, Ohio, was sold to Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and quickly deteriorated. This film shines a light on the many unforeseen, and oftentimes harmful, changes that take place once prisons for profit take over. Through startling facts and personal interviews of employees, local officials, and relatives of prisoners, Prisons for Profit offers a glimpse into how private prisons can harm staff, prisoners, and communities. This twenty-two minute film is designed to be educational and thought-provoking on the topic.
Ohio has a mass incarceration crisis. The state has the sixth largest prison population in the nation. Despite a 30-year low in violent crime, the state’s prison population has increased 12 percent in the last decade. In 2014, taxpayers spent over $1.7 billion to operate the state prison system alone.
Every dollar spent on prisons is a dollar not spent on crime-survivor services, schools, addiction treatment, mental healthcare, and other services that enrich our communities and keep people out of the criminal justice system in the first place.
The ACLU of Ohio and the Ohio Justice and Policy Center have published a new report, offering a blueprint for long-term criminal justice reform in Ohio. The report is being present to lawmakers responsible for revising Ohio’s criminal code.