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  • Lake Erie Correctional Institution, in Conneaut, Ohio, was the first state-owned prison in the US to be sold to a private company, Corrections Corporation of America. Its rapid decline in to violence and drug problems brings into question the nature of for-profit correction and rehabilitation in America.

  • What happens when prisoners become dollar signs? Watch 'Prisons for Profit,' a short documentary chronicling the first 18 months in the life of the nation's first state prison sold to a for profit corporation. In 2011, the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut, Ohio was sold to Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and quickly deteriorated. This film shines a light on the many unforeseen, and oftentimes harmful, changes that take place once prisons for profit take over. Through startling facts and personal interviews of employees, local officials, and relatives of prisoners, 'Prisons for Profit' offers a glimpse into how private prisons can harm staff, prisoners, and communities. This twenty-two minute film is designed to be educational and thought-provoking on the topic.


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