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Renewed movie recommendation

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I earlier recommended The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007) based on the footage I had watched. I’m still watching it (since I watch a dozen or so movies at a time, it takes a while to get through any one), and tonight I just wanted to renew my recommendation. The movie is extremely well made: rigorous arguments based on actual data somehow made interesting to watch.

He’s now talking about the growth of the private-prison industry and the clout that the corrections officers unions have. Here is California, we’re painfully aware of that: it’s part of what is bringing the state down. Prisons are expensive to build and even more expensive to maintain and run, and they don’t produce a damn thing for the good of the state, though they are highly profitable to private investors. And, of course, those corrections officers want job security, so they are constantly lobbying for more offenses to get prison terms and for prison terms to get longer.

Watch the movie. It’s available as a Netflix Watch Instantly, as well.

UPDATE:  I finished the movie. It went far beyond the prison complex, which turns out to be but a single strand in a complex tapestry that this movie deeply explores.

I’m proud (and somewhat astonished) that a movie like this—eviscerating a chunk from the common politics and business of the country by the simple use of reason and fact—is allowed to be distributed and readily available to (say) anyone reading this blog.

Written by LeisureGuy

19 November 2009 at 7:41 pm

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