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The Moral Hazard of For-Profit Prisons

During the early-1980s nationwide campaign to crack down on crime, Louisiana took the issue seriously; today the state has incarcerated one out of every 86 adults in the state. Unable to fund the highest life-sentence rate in the nation, Louisiana provided incentives for local sheriffs to build and operate their own local prisons. Entrepreneur sheriffs are paid by the state to maintain prisoners, and the “profit” can be used to underwrite the local sheriff’s budget. In an 8-minute news video prepared for Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, a source for cutting-edge reporting and analysis of religion news, correspondent Lucky Severson explores the moral hazard implicit in Louisiana’s entrepreneurial prison structure.

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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

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Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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