The United States has one of the largest, if not the largest number of men and women behind bars than any other industrialized country in the world!

The term Prison Industrial Complex has been tossed around quite a bit lately by a number of individuals, and one of the first people to use the term was activist Angela Davis. So what is the Prison Industrial Complex? Well according to

The term prison–industrial complex (PIC) is used to attribute the rapid expansion of the US inmate population to the political influence of private prison companies and businesses that supply goods and services to government prison agencies....Activists have argued that the Prison-Industrial Complex as perpetuating a belief that imprisonment is a quick yet ultimately flawed solution to social problems such as homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy.

The term 'prison industrial complex' has been used to describe a similar issue in other countries' prisons of expanding populations.

The promotion of prison building as a job creator and the use of inmate labor are also cited as elements of the prison-industrial complex. The term often implies a network of actors who are motivated by making profit rather than solely by punishing or rehabilitating criminals or reducing crime rates. Proponents of this view believe that the desire for monetary gain has led to the growth of the prison industry and the number of incarcerated individuals.

Well now there is a Pennsylvania judge, Mark Ciavarella Jr., that was sentenced for close to 30 years for selling children to the private prison system. Is this proof that the PIC is in full operation?