The incalculable cost of mass incarceration


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The incalculable cost of mass incarceration

Nonviolent offenders serving life sentences without parole are a cash cow for prison profiteers

 

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Detainees at the Adelanto Detention Facility on Nov. 15, 2013, in Adelanto, Calif. It is the largest and newest ICE detention center in the state and is managed by the Geo Group, a private company. John Moore/Getty Images

As a college student in Baton Rouge, La., Clarence Aaron played football, worked summers as a longshoreman and volunteered in his community. Like many college students, he eventually did something very foolish. For Aaron, it involved drugs: He introduced a friend to a cocaine dealer and played a minor role in two drug deals, one of which did not even go through.

For that mistake, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

He is not alone. Nathan Pettus stole three belts from a department store…

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