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Good business for conservatives to keep our prison's growing

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To the editor,

A question before the American voters is "Do we want to keep our prison population growing?". The U.S. has 5-percent of world population and 25-percent of the world's prisoners. We have a million more prisoners than the next in line, China. One in every 100 Americans is in prison. There is extremely small correlation between the reduction in crime and the incarceration rate.

ALEC * has state Criminal Justice committee members submitting bills, written by ...

To the editor,

A question before the American voters is "Do we want to keep our prison population growing?". The U.S. has 5-percent of world population and 25-percent of the world's prisoners. We have a million more prisoners than the next in line, China. One in every 100 Americans is in prison. There is extremely small correlation between the reduction in crime and the incarceration rate.

ALEC * has state Criminal Justice committee members submitting bills, written by ALEC, to be passed into law by conservative state lawmakers. ALEC's written bills include Truth in Sentencing and the Three Strikes You're Out laws that account for a large percentage of our prison population. ALEC also is pushing the privatization of the states's prisons. Correction Corp of America has helped write the bills now being proposed in our House of Representatives. One feature that they write into their contracts is that the prison must be kept 90-percent full for the 20 year life of the contract.

CCA**, which is pushing for privatizing N.H. prisons, is considered a good growth stock investment by financial advisors. It currently has 75,000 inmates in it's prisons. There is no financial advantage to N.H. to privatize our prisons. There is to CCA as they keep their prisons full. Please go to CCA on your computer and learn more about their program for us. Also go to www.privateci.org for research on the big disadvantages to private prisons.

(*ALEC is a large wealthy organization, supported by hundreds of corporations, to push conservative business friendly legislation in state houses. The chair of the NH House Criminal Justice Committee, Elaine Swinford, is a member of ALEC.)

(** CCA, Correction Corporation of America)

Kent Warner

Center Harbor