Ray Downs at Vice, in his post, “Who’s Getting Rich off the Prison-Industrial Complex?,” telephoned Henri Wedell, of the Corrections Corporation of America, to ask if it “bothers him” to think about where his million$ are coming from.
After he stopped laughing, presumably, Wedell said this:
“America is the freest country in the world…America allows more freedom than any other country in the world, much more than Russia and a whole lot more than Scandinavia, where they really aren’t free. So offering all this freedom to society, there’ll be a certain number of people, more in this country than elsewhere, who take advantage of that freedom, abuse it, and end up in prison. That happens because we are so free in this country.”
This kind of self-serving Puritanical bullshit is nothing new—I hear it all the time from people who are opposed to inmate education programs—but it’s still something of a revelation when it comes straight from one of America’s major slave owners.
In case you lost count: Wedell says “free” 6 times.