Private Prisons Use A System Known As An Occupancy Requirement

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Private prisons use a system known as an occupancy requirement. Such is a case in which a private company requires a state to keep a prison the company owns filled with a minimum percentage of inmates. This policy is made to stand no matter how crime in the state may fluctuate. Occupancy requirements are common practice within the private prison industry. In the Public Interest group reviewed 62 private prison contracts. The group found that 41 of those contracts included occupancy requirements that demand local or state government must keep the prisons between 80 to 100 percent full. According to the report all the big private prison companies such as CCA, GEO Group, and the Management and Training Corporation try to include occupancy…show more content…
The three strike law was ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court in 2015. Some individuals arrested under it have been realised. However, during its existence, it had made the building of 20 new federal prisons necessary. Another law that benefits private prisons is mandatory minimum sentences. This is a law that ensures a minimal number of years is sentenced for a certain crime, as decided by the Supreme Court. The law, therefore, doesn’t allow for the consideration of individual circumstances such as criminal history. This law has caused a tremendous increase in the prison population. The mandatory minimum sentence law is enforced on judges, but not prosecutors. However, under the circumstance, it is considered that prosecutors who would gain professionally from successful convictions, do not have sufficient incentive to exercise their discretion responsibly. While it is apparent why companies involved in the prison industry would support or even push for such a law, they are not the sole cause of the making of this law. There are three main groups outside the prison industry who, due to knowledgeable beneficiary intentions or misinformation, strengthen the strict law against crime and cause the overpopulation and long sentencing that in turn make the prison industry profitable. One of the ulterior motivated
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