Johnw11 5pts What this is about is the neoliberal (financializing) of social-control. The policies of social-control have resulted in the U.S. being about 5% of the world's population, but socially controlling via incarceration 25% of the world's prisoners. One (1) out of eight (8) of all incarcerated persons in the world is an African America. In fact, we know that there are at least 1.5 million Black men "missing" from U.S. society due to incarceration or early graves.While March -- vice president and treasurer of the CEO private-prison corporation-- may have claimed in the above article that "poor schools" are one of the reasons his corporation will continue to have great profits; upon further analysis his statement is full of crap and he knows it.The reason his cells will remain fully occupied is due to PUBLIC POLICIES that increasingly "criminalize" trivia behaviors, and targets people, especially Blacks, for incarceration. (See Watchful's link below.)Moreover, from its inception, the Obama administration has consistently proposed increased budgets for prisons in general and private prisons in particular. For example, his FY13 budget proposed a 4.2% increase in the prison budget, resulting in an overall budget of $6.9 billion for prisons. (See: "President Obama's IncarcerNation.") http://www.nationofchange.org/president-obama-s-incarcenation-1335274655He even appointed Broderick Johnson, a lobbyist for GEO, as his chief re-election advisor in 2011. That's how well connected these private prison operating people are to policy-power.So if poor schools are considered by policy makers to be an environmental "shaper" of incarceration, then that explains why no effort has been made to improve schools for Blacks. While I do not buy the "poor schools" argument as causative on its face, it is clear that "privatization" is but a side beneficiary of massive programs of social control. In fact, even the public schools are now being privatized. The rationale being that they perform poorly. But the real reason is neoliberal financialization of public education. So, blaming so-called "poor schools" for incarceration rates is simply feeding the narrative. This is particularly true since despite the steady decrease in the rates of traditional crime (which is why new behaviors must be criminalized) prison budgets and incarceration rates have increased. This completely destroys the "high-crime rates = high incarceration rates" hypothesis (narrative). In her great book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in The Age of Colorblindness," the author makes clear the reason and cause of mass incarceration of Blacks.