Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2016 presidential hopeful, introduced a bill to end private for-profit prisons.
The U.S. incarcerates approximately 1 in 100 adults and holds the highest incarceration rate in the world. Corporations have been profiting from the mass incarceration issue.
This bill, known as the Justice Is Not For Sale Act, will also include a provision to lower the prison population. It will restore the federal parole system that was abolished when “tough-on-crime” legislation was passed in the 1980’s.
Taxpayers are maintaining the world’s highest incarceration rate while corporations are profiting heavily. For-profit corporations participate in lobbying efforts to pass tougher laws and increase incarceration even more.
By signing this petition, you are letting congress know that you stand behind this bill and they should too.
This is an issue near and dear to our hearts here at LEAP. It’s clear that America’s criminal justice system is broken and we must take action to improve it.