Well, that levity didn’t last long.
One of the consequences of getting older, for me at least, is that it takes a lot more to move the needle on my outrage-o-meter. That said, if this report from NPR this morning is true, I think it’s really outrageous. Arizona’s new and controversial law that gives law enforcement officers greater ability to lock up people they deem to be possibly illegal was written by the for-profit prison operators!
Now, as a political scientist, I know that most bills are written by interest groups, lobbyists, etc, but when you combine this with the campaign contributions and the fact that the governor’s spokesperson and campaign manager BOTH were former lobbyists for the for-profit prisons this really looks like politics and, more disturbingly, law, at the service of capital.