Creating crime rates to fill the new prisons they build

from Black Star – Thieves in the Night Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

There is actually truth in this. Back in the 90s there were a few scandals in which construction companies sealed deals through corruption to build prisons. To justify these prisons and attempt to deal with a rising crime rate (a huge issue in 90s New York), laws and punishments were made more strict. The assumption was that harsher punishment would provide further disincentive for crime, when it actually just raised crime rates.

To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit “Thieves in the Night” by Black Star Lyrics and leave a comment on the lyrics box