We need to outlaw FOR PROFIT PRISONS.
The moment we privatized prisons, the push for 3 strike laws and mandatory heavy sentences became a driver to business to make sure that we, the rest of society, pay huge sums to their corporate pockets by imprisoning more and more people, for longer periods of time.
Prisons should be run by the government, and sentences should be commiserate with the crimes. Getting caught three times with a joint should not equal 20 years in jail. It destroys families and lives, doesn’t make us safer, and drains our taxes into private prison company coffers.