Another growth industry suffers: the one based on incarcerating human beings for profit.
In a memo sent Thursday to Virginia Department of Corrections employees, the agency’s director, Harold Clarke, explained that the state recently received informal notice of the decision from officials in Pennsylvania, and he expects Pennsylvania will soon deliver the written, 180-day notice required to end the contract between the two states.
Green Rock, one of 44 state prisons in Virginia, is in Chatham in Pittsylvania County. Opened in 2007, it houses roughly 970 inmates, all of them from Pennsylvania. No other Virginia state prison has Pennsylvania offenders.
“The transfer of the Pennsylvania inmates from Virginia will place the department in a difficult financial situation,” Clarke wrote. “The revenue from out of state inmates not only pays for the operation of Green Rock, it also provides funding to other inmate beds.”
Adding a profit motive to imprisoning persons skews the balance away from justice towards incarceration.
Creating prisoners for pay must be ended.