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Punishment & Profit

Punishment & Profit

Overview

Joe Biden made a campaign promise to end for-profit detention, and immediately after his election, two of the country’s largest private prison companies saw their stock prices collapse. Now the President has made good by signing an executive order, but changing the $80 billion business of mass incarceration will take so much more.

Join us every Tuesday night at 7PM ET from Feb 9 through May 4 for an in-depth look at each sector, and receive first-hand insights into this massive industry.

Over four thousand corporations are now invested in the imprisonment of 2.1 million people and the surveillance of another 4.4 million who are on probation or parole. They’re not always obvious; they include architects who design 6-by-8-foot cells for solitary confinement where people spend 23 hours a day, manufacturers that produce the shackles incarcerated mothers wear while giving birth, and consultants who run mock riots to train officers in combat.

In collaboration with Worth Rises and based on its comprehensive report, The Prison Industry: How it Started, How it Works, How it Harms, we’re gathering advocates, journalists, attorneys, and academics, leading with directly-impacted people, to talk about every aspect of the business of punishment, sector-by-sector, accounting for its myriad consequences today and exploring visions for a very different future.

Join us as we delve into a world that impacts the lives of hundreds of millions of Americans, but few really understand.

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Upcoming Events

Punishment & Profit: Programs & Labor

7:00pm - 8:00pm ET

Punishment & Profit

Join us to learn about failures in rehabilitative programming, how prison labor filters into the products and services we use in our daily lives, and what advocates are doing to finally end this legal form of slavery that has endured in the U.S.
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Punishment & Profit: Equipment

7:00pm - 8:00pm ET

Punishment & Profit

Correctional equipment and supplies corporations compose a billion dollar industry designed to inflict harm on people behind bars. Join us to hear firsthand the role that these corporations play in facilitating physically brutal environments.
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Punishment & Profit: Data and Information Systems

7:00pm - 8:00pm ET

Punishment & Profit

Much like the wider technology world, prisons use algorithms and surveillance to assess risk, monitor incarcerated people and track data. Join us to hear about the impact of these data systems and the work being done to restore civil liberties for those behind bars.
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Punishment & Profit: Telecom

7:00pm - 8:00pm ET

Punishment & Profit

Join us to learn more about the impact of communication in prisons on families and the efforts to connect families.
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Punishment & Profit: Financial Services

7:00pm - 8:00pm ET

Punishment & Profit

Sending money to friends and family in prison is often a very costly endeavor, as is getting money out of prison upon release. Join us for a robust discussion with experts and advocates who are pushing back on this evolving corner of the industry.
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Punishment & Profit: Food & Commissary

7:00pm - 8:00pm ET

Punishment & Profit

Join us to hear firsthand from a prison chef, and those advocating against food service atrocities in prisons and jails.
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Punishment & Profit: Healthcare

7:00pm - 8:00pm ET

Punishment & Profit

COVID-19 has raised more acute health risks as staff carry the virus into facilities where access to testing, hygiene products, personal protective equipment, and medical supplies are limited — and social distancing virtually impossible. Join us as we examine healthcare within prisons.
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Punishment & Profit: Transportation

7:00pm - 8:00pm ET

Punishment & Profit

Join us to learn more about this critical component of the prison industry and how journalism has sparked change.
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Punishment & Profit: Community Corrections

7:00pm - 8:00pm ET

Punishment & Profit

Private prison corporations have spent billions acquiring many of these new forms of control and confinement as their main business line comes under attack. Join us as we uncover these carceral innovations.
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Punishment & Profit – Investors

7:00pm - 8:00pm ET

Punishment & Profit

Our retirement accounts, public pensions, university endowments, charitable foundations and more are invested in the prison industry through both public and private equity investments. Join us in a discussion with advocates and others working to disentangle institutional fund from the prison industry.
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