PRIVATE PRISONS
 What have the events of September 11th meant for the already booming prison industry? In addition to "correctional" agencies and corporations, who else is profitting from massive increases in incarceration? LOCKDOWNS UP is an eight minute video essay, a musing around the optimistic stock projections announced to wall street stock analysts by the private prison industry, amidst speculation around interment camps for Arab Americans. Issues touched upon are: the War on Terrorism and the Patriot Act, the criminalization of immigrants and the booming of INS powers and budgets, the "bailout" of the private prison industry by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the institutional incentives toward further incarceration. The video is a good way to begin a conversation over what forces might be at work in shaping the War on Terror other than pure public safety. 

 http://www.independentfilms.com/corrections/


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