Corrections Corp. recently built new facilities to hold a total of 1,440 more prisoners at Kit Carson Correctional Facility in Burlington and Bent County Correctional Facility.
A new 948-bed state prison under construction in Cañon City is scheduled to open in early 2010.
The prison industry is growing at a brisk rate, and yet most other industries are suffering. Could this be because of the taxes we are forced to pay to keep so many prisoners in prison? When a person goes to prison, they cost the rest of us two ways, the first and most obvious way is that it costs a lot of money to house, feed and maintain a prisoner, money that comes from the taxpayer. A less obvious way is the loss of productive value the person most likely was contributing to society before going to prison.
The best way to solve the prison overpopulation issue is to ensure that we are only putting people who are truly a danger to society into the prisons. This means legalize all consensual vices (all drugs, prostitution, etc.). We should also move from a system dominated by punishment to a system dominated by reparations for property crimes. There is no reason for the US to have the highest percentage of citizens in prison in the world, except that grandstanding politicians like to appear tough on crime, while the reality is that they are mostly punishing the American people.