The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Paying for Prisons with Education Funds

Sep 2, 2013

California’s state prisons have been so notoriously overcrowded, even the extremely reactionary U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state to reduce its prison population.

So Democratic Governor Jerry Brown proposed to relocate 10,000 prisoners to prisons run by private companies, to the great profit of companies like the Prison Corporation of America. To pay for this, Brown would take one billion dollars from the reserved fund earmarked for education and social services.

This is capitalist society’s only answer: increase profits at the expense of education and social services and conditions in the prisons – laying the groundwork for even more crime.