Teamed up with the CCA

from Kanye West (Ft. Frank Ocean) – New Slaves Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Today, there are more African-American adults under correctional control than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War.

The explosion in the size of our prison population over the last 40 years rakes in billions of dollars a year for CCA and other for-profit prison companies. The United States has built up the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world, with over 2.3 million men and women living behind bars. This is a historical anomaly; despite relatively stable incarceration rates earlier in the twentieth century, our prison population grew by 700% between 1970 and 2005, far outpacing both crime and general population growth.

And this overincarceration epidemic has a massive and disproportionate impact on people of color. If current trends continue, 1 in 3 Black men born today can expect to serve time behind bars.

More about Kanye’s CCA lyric is here: http://www.aclu.org/blog/prisoners-rights-racial-justice/kanye-west-new-slaves-and-long-tradition-locking-people-profit

And you can read all about the growth and shameful practices of CCA and other private prison companies in Banking on Bondage, our report, here: http://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights/banking-bondage-private-prisons-and-mass-incarceration

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