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Crime and Punishment

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1 in 9 Americans, regardless of race, will spend part of their life in prison. Broken down by race: 1 in 3 black men will be imprisoned and 1 in 17 white men.

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The "Prison Industrial Complex" is a $182 billion a year industry. Private prisons account for $4.3 Billion or less than 2% of the total cash flow.

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Approximately 7% of all incarcerated individuals are held in privately run prisons.

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In 2016, the US spent $34.8 Billion on salaries and benefits for corrections employees. This group is generally opposed to reforms reducing incarceration rates

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Prison healthcare is a $12.3 Billion a year industry. More than half of state and local prisons contract private health services.

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UNICOR (aka Federal Prison Industries) is a federally owned employment agency managing 63 factories and 3 farms at 53 prisons. 2016 Revenue: $500M Profits: $44M

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Inmates working for UNICOR make $0.23 to $1.15 per hour. Inmates working for UNICOR partners are considered volunteers for legal purposes.

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UNICOR partner companies make $2,400 per employed inmate in special tax write-offs. Companies include McDonald's, AT&T, Whole Foods, Victoria's Secret, and BP.