Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The prison-industrial complex in Hawaii

Hawaii has long shipped its prisoners overseas to privately owned mainland facilities. This is particularly problematic for members of Hawaii's native islander population, who often live under crushing poverty and cannot afford to visit loved ones behind bars.

Taking steps to further implement this problematic policy, Hawaii has signed a multi-million dollar contract with the Corrections Corporation of America to house inmates in Arizona. Prison scholars and activists should be on the lookout for other states, based on financial hardship, to similarly outsource incarceration.