I keep telling anybody will listen that the United States needs to reform its criminal justice system. People don’t seem to understand that the United States puts a higher percentage of its population behind bars than any other country. I mean, we always have a bad collective perspective on the humanitarian records of countries like China and Iran. Unfortunately, many countries around the world have called for humanitarian investigations into the criminal justice system of the United States because of our massive amount of prisoners.
What is the more plausible explanation? Do you think our population simply commits more crimes than any other population on earth? Or, do you think that there is a massive amount of money to be made in the criminal justice system? I think our prisons and correctional facilities are being exploited for a profit which, in turn, requires a quota of prisoners.
There are some awful examples of this out there. Global Tel Link, the leading third-party provider of telephone services to correctional facilities in the country, has recently made the news for fixing prices in order to profit off the prison population.
Unfortunately, criminal justice reform is going to come around slowly. Even the FCC has failed to put down reasonable regulations for companies like Global Tel Link. In the meantime, I’m going to applaud the good business model put forth by Securus Technologies.
This correctional facility telecommunications company does the right things. They provide a quality telecommunications product at a very reasonable price and they make it incredibly easy for families to pay. The company has reinvested over $600 million of profit in order to make it easier for prisoners to connect with the outside world. The company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is highly rated among its users.