To: Goff Public Relations Firm

Tell Goff Public: Stop Promoting For-Profit Prisons

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Goff Public must stop promoting for-profit incarceration by ceasing their efforts with Swift County to reopen a prison owned by Corrections Corporations of America (CCA) in Appleton.

Why is this important?

The mass incarceration of vulnerable people in our country is a profound injustice and must stop. Jesus taught his disciples to pray: "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive the debts of others." (Matthew 6:12)

Minnesota has the second lowest prison population in the nation, yet has the second highest growth in incarceration rate. As a result of this trend, our prison population is overcapacity and state officials are considering investment requests to open a new private prison facility in Appleton.

Our current prison system in Minnesota unjustly and disparately impacts people of color. African Americans make up 35% of prisoners despite being just 6% of the state’s population.

Rather than working to heal this racialized injustice and invest in reforms to keep people out of prisons, Swift County has hired Goff Public to promote the opening of a for-profit prison owned by Corrections Corporations of America (CCA) - the largest and oldest private prison owner and operator in the U.S. which has extracted nearly $1 billion in profits over the past 5 years.

CCA’s prisons have been dogged by allegations of maltreatment, neglect, and abuse. As just one heinous example, just this past July in Texas, 250 immigrant children were given the wrong dose of vaccine in a CCA facility.

This dehumanizing prison system which profits off incarceration of human beings is a deep and profound violation of the sanctity of human life. Minnesota can do better; Goff Public can do better; we can do better than solve the prison overcapacity problem by simply building more prisons, especially prisons making a profit off the vulnerable in our society. Minnesota has no place for a company like CCA, or any company that seeks to profit off incarceration.

Therefore as people of faith, we call Goff Public to cease and desist their efforts to promote the CCA facility in Appleton MN, or any for-profit incarceration enterprise.

How it will be delivered

The petition will be delivered to Goff Public on October 3rd by 150 clergy and religious leaders, and potentially sympathetic Goff Clients who may be unaware that Goff is promoting for-profit incarceration.


Reasons for signing

  • Private prisons have sued states for not supplying enough inmates. It's the new slavery. Not in Minnesota.
  • I do not believe in anything that makes money from human suffering. In my eyes it is morally and ethically wrong to profit at the expense of another's suffering.
  • Way too many nonviolent offenders are clogging the prisons. Also first time offenders and people of color are targeted for arrest and incarceration. STOP

Updates

2015-09-21 09:07:40 -0400

100 signatures reached

2015-09-17 00:33:22 -0400

50 signatures reached

2015-09-16 16:11:51 -0400

25 signatures reached

2015-09-16 13:38:52 -0400

10 signatures reached