VANCOUVER (Silver Gold Bull) -- Back in March I wrote
...Corrections facilities generally forbid devices that can be turned into weapons, be used to communicate freely with the outside world, or conceal contraband.Talk about cramping the ability of these capitalists to make a buck on this "captive market"! More searching uncovered a much more general article about the "retail boom" in selling products to inmates. A NY Times writer named Pamela LiCalzi O'Connell, wrote
...So we know that the U.S. Prison Economy is both very lucrative and very secretive. However, what makes this NY Times article especially fascinating (chilling?) is the date: May 14, 2001. That was six months before the U.S. changed forever, degenerating into a fascist enclave where "rights" are now always subordinate to "security." As part of that security, information is now heavily suppressed in our "free and open societies." Try to find information on the total number of private prisons being constructed in the U.S., the total number already built, and the total population size that these mushrooming facilities will be able to warehouse. Remember that all the good folks at Homeland Security have to do is to wave their magic wand and call these facilities "detention centers", and suddenly it's verboten to even mention them -- as part of "national security."
It is one of the few companies willing to talk about how it markets to the segment. "This business is very quiet, very tight-lipped," Mr. Koss said. "We sell through a group of closely held companies that specialize in getting merchandise into the prison stores. This is a lucrative business -- both for the manufacturers and the distributors -- so there is a reluctance to talk about it for fear of attracting competition." One of Koss's distributors confirmed that assessment. "We don't like exposure," said Tom Thomas, president of Union Supply... emphasis mine