PRIVATE PRISONS ("FOR-PROFITS") like hotels: the more 'beds' they fill, the more $$ they make. They are built by corporations when the state is locking up so many people that it runs out of beds, helping the system to grow even more; & to profit, these corporations need the system to keep growing, & continually lobby for new laws & toughÐonÐcrime politicians who'll lock up more people for longer. They also fund Think Tanks who push for more prisons. Financed by our tax $$, they pocket as much as they can by cutting services, programs, & using prisoners' labor on the facilities. They turn prisoners into commodities & products, and like public prisons, have high levels of abuse, violence & neglect, making peoples' lives more dangerous than 'safe.'