Trump: more campaign cash, more private prisons

Graph of incarcerated Americans 1920-2006

Willie Sutton was a 1950’s bank robber who famously declared it was worth risking prison (where he spent more than half of his life) to rob banks because “that’s where all the money is.” Today, Sutton would be surprised to learn that private prisons are now “where all the money is”—provided you own a prison company and were smart enough to give Donald Trump a fat donation. If making a fortune by owning a prison seems improbable to you, consider this: imagine every single resident of the City of Houston,…

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March for Science!

This Saturday is the March for Science, with the main March in DC and 500 affiliated marches in every state of the union and worldwide. There will even be a March in the heart of coal country and you can find your local March here.) But just in case, here’s some more you need to know: The March for Science is dedicated to improve our understanding of how science affects our lives and why scientists need a larger voice in public policy. No politicians will be speaking in DC and at most…

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