Thanks to Trump’s Family Separations, Democrats Are in the Hot Seat for Taking Private Prison Cash

Madison Pauley - Mother Jones

July 30, 2018


In a theater outside Miami last month, as a debate between four Democratic candidates for Florida governor approached the two-hour mark, 18-year-old activist ErrDaisha Floyd took the mic and turned the conversation toward a topic close to her heart: private prisons. The companies that run them “provide a direct incentive to contract-holders to ensure and keep large prison populations,” said Floyd, whose uncles have been held in for-profit correctional facilities. Addressing all the candidates, she asked, “Will you pledge not to accept contributions from these groups?”


"So long as the public is less aware of these issues, they can’t really punish the legislators who are taking money." - Loren Collingwood

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