New Dark Age
As Glen Ford observes at Black Agenda Report, the bid for America's state prisons by Corrections Corporation of America amounts to slave trade trafficking in a police state. Seeking a cost-plus monopoly for privatized incarceration in a manner similar to Pentagon procurement practices, CCA demands states not relax sentencing for non-violent crimes. Thus, crimes like marijuana possession, indebtedness, or being born Black will continue to be prosecuted fully for the benefit of commerce. What some might describe as the beginning of a new dark age.