“Profit” is a dirty word to most progressives. By their reckoning, if something makes a profit it must be greedy, and if it’s greedy it must be bad. Therefore, profits must be bad. This logic flies in the face of the facts, and few examples of this make the point better than prisons.
Private prisons allow states and federal agencies to house inmates more affordably than at state-run institutions. They are usually considered to be better operated with lower recidivism rates and better conditions for inmates. They also act as a buffer to prevent prison overpopulation. But there’s a stigma attached to them that makes no sense. Opponents say the profit-incentive means they want prisoners to stay longer or for them to return after release. These are silly arguments as these prisons have very little control over who resides in their facilities, and as noted before, the recidivism rate is generally lower.
But if profit is being made, progressives assume there must be something nefarious behind the operations. Such is the case in California, whose state legislature just passed AB32 with a signature expected from Governor Newsom soon enough.
The private prison industry is set to be upended after California lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday banning the facilities from operating in the state. The move will probably also close down four large immigration detention facilities that can hold up to 4,500 people at a time.
The legislation is being hailed as a major victory for criminal justice reform because it removes the profit motive from incarceration. It also marks a dramatic departure from California’s past, when private prisons were relied on to reduce crowding in state-run facilities.
A major policy point for Democrats recently has been criminal justice reform. Their goal is to reduce the time spent by criminals in jail, a goal that defies its own logic. Lighter sentencing has never been shown to reduce crime. If anything, it makes it more enticing for criminals to commit more crimes while putting them back on the streets sooner. One of the arguments for criminal justice reform is our prisons being overcrowded. This bill seems to contradict that notion as it will only exacerbate the problem.
“When California’s prison system capacity was at 200% and conditions were so challenging as to be deemed unconstitutional, companies like ours were one of the solutions the state turned to,” said Brandon Bissel, a CoreCivic spokesperson.
It isn’t just criminals who are going to be affected. Illegal immigrants are currently being detained in private facilities in California, and the bill was amended to include them for banning. ICE currently contracts with two facilities in the state that house illegal aliens set for deportation. The facilities that will be affected by the bill are in even more dire straits than other private prisons because their contracts end next year. This will cause tremendous problems for ICE as they must relocate or expedite the deportation of thousands of illegal immigrants.
No, that’s not a good thing. Currently the budgets are designed to remove illegal immigrants in ways that make fiscal sense. By forcing them to act more quickly, it will increase costs dramatically.
As usual, Democrats in California are passing legislation from the heart without taking into account logic, analysis, or common sense. This decision will come back to bite the state as prison overpopulation and premature release become rampant.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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