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Big money behind bars in the USA

 Street Roots - USA 26 January 2019

There’s big money to be made from America’s jails and prisons. Outsourced companies, such as Texas-based prison-industry giant Securus Technologies Inc., make a profit every time a deposit is paid into an inmate’s account and from the use of video visiting systems, which are threatening to eliminate in-person visiting. “These companies have figured out a way to monetize both human contact and the only way a prisoner’s family can help them out,” says Carrie Wilkinson, of the Human Rights Defense Center. Portland street paper Street Roots investigates the money being squeezed from captive consumers. (2920 Words) - By Emily Green

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There’s big money to be made from America’s prisons. Outsourced companies are making profits from inmate’s accounts and the use of video visiting systems. Photo: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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Outsourced companies, such as Texas-based prison-industry giant Securus Technologies Inc., make a profit every time a deposit is paid into an inmate’s account and from the use of video visiting systems, which are threatening to eliminate in-person visiting. Credit: StreetRoots


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