|cummings speaks to the Unitarian Universalist congregation|
Corporate interests are now energized by the profit potential of increasing incarceration in the United States. Perverse incentives are innumerable now for the private prison executive. Immoral motives, attendant stereotypes and damaging public perceptions have grown out resulting in outcomes such as the "Kids for Cash" scandal in Pennsylvania (where sitting state judges received bribes and kickbacks for every juvenile that they sentenced to jail time in a private juvenile detention center); the horrible Trayvon Martin murder and acquittal (where an innocent, random African American boy was profiled as a "punk," and "suspicous" likely drug dealer by a neighborhood watch volunteer who followed, shot and killed the youth); the SB-1070 "show your papers" law in Arizona (that was drafted by the private prison lobby and handed over to willing legislatures who introduced the law verbatim). Terrible outcomes motivated by immoral and perverse incentives are the cognizable result of the private prison industry.