Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Ghostwriting the Law

Ghostwriting the Law:
"In another instance of profitable policymaking, ALEC drafted a model 'truth in sentencing' bill that restricts parole eligibility for prisoners, keeping inmates locked up longer. One of the members of the task force that drafted the bill was Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's largest private prison company, which stands to cash in on longer sentences. By the late 1990s, similar sentencing measures had passed in 40 states."
And so it begins. Now that there is a profit motive for keeping prison sentences longer, how long will it be before profit motive decides which crimes require incarceration. Debtor prison anyone? These are not things that should be decided by corporate lobby lawyers hobnobbing with elected representiatives behind closed doors.

Read this article to find out more about ALEC and the other stealth laws they have helped draft.

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