Amid pressure from several presidential candidates including Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to reform the criminal justice system, the Private Prison Industry has announced their own plan to reduce racial discrimination.
“Right now, according to the Sentencing Project, one in three black men are likely to be imprisoned and one in six latino men — compared to one in seventeen white men” announced chief lobbyist of the Private Prison Industry, Daniel Carcel “these numbers need to be leveled out by arresting far more white men”.
The plan includes new federal mandates for police officers to increase the number of arrested white men, by targeting places that they frequent. The list include coffee shops, Kanye West concerts, Apple stores, Barnes and Noble, and many other places across the United States.
While the exact details and goals of the plan have yet to be laid out, preliminary numbers put the number of new white detainees at somewhere between 500,000 and 1 million, holding other new incarcerations constant. Carcel agreed that this was an ambitious plan, but that it was of the ‘utmost importance’ for the United States to act quickly to reform the criminal justice system.