• The
    Racialization of Crime and Punishment: Criminal
    Justice, Color-Blind Racism, and the Political Economy of the Prison Industrial
    Complex http://abs.sagepub.com/content/51/5/625.abstract (2008):

    “The prison industrial complex is a
    self-perpetuating machine where the vast profits (e.g. cheap labor, private and
    public supply and construction contracts, job creation, continued media profits
    from exaggerated crime reporting and crime/punishment as entertainment) and
    perceived political benefits (e.g. reduced unemployment rates, “get tough
    on crime” and public safety rhetoric, funding increases for police, and
    criminal justice system agencies and professionals) lead to policies that
    are additionally designed to insure an endless supply of “clients” for the
    criminal justice system (e.g. enhanced police presence in poor
    neighborhoods and communities of color; racial profiling; decreased funding for
    public education combined with zero-tolerance policies and increased rates of
    expulsion for students of color; increased rates of adult certification for
    juvenile offenders; mandatory minimum and “three-strikes” sentencing; draconian
    conditions of incarceration and a reduction of prison services that contribute
    to the likelihood of “recidivism”; “collateral consequences”-such as felony
    disenfranchisement, prohibitions on welfare receipt, public housing, gun
    ownership, voting and political participation, employment- that nearly
    guarantee continued participation in “crime” and return to the prison
    industrial complex following initial release.)”

  • THE
    PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX http://criticalresistance.org/about/not-so-common-language/http:/

    The prison industrial complex (PIC)
    is a term we use to describe the overlapping interests of government and
    industry that use surveillance, policing, and imprisonment as solutions to
    economic, social and political problems.
    Through its reach and impact, the
    PIC helps and maintains the authority of people who get their power through
    racial, economic and other privileges. There are many ways this power is
    collected and maintained through the PIC, including creating mass media images
    that keep alive stereotypes of people of color, poor people, queer people,
    immigrants, youth, and other oppressed communities as criminal, delinquent, or
    deviant. This power is also maintained by earning huge profits for private
    companies that deal with prisons and police forces; helping earn political
    gains for “tough on crime” politicians; increasing the influence of prison
    guard and police unions; and eliminating social and political dissent by
    oppressed communities that make demands for self-determination and
    reorganization of power in the US.