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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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