There are more than 5,000 prisons on United States soil.New York University Master’s student Josh Begley set out to post satellite images of every one them on his website Prison Map.
“It’s one thing for me to tell you there are 5,000 carceral facilities in the United States. It’s another thing for me to show you 5,000 pictures,” Begley told Business Insider.
But he isn’t necessarily bashing prisons. According to Begley, we need prisons. Or rather, we need the labour and disposable populations offered at prisons.
Plus, private companies like the troubled Corrections Corporation of America stand to make quite a bit of money from their facilities.
“What’s scary to me is that these firms are public, so prison beds (and the people sleeping in them) become raw materials for a company that is beholden to its shareholders — and many of them increasingly seem to have their eyes set on immigration detention these days,” he said.
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