"Private Prisons are Unconstitutional," a discussion with John Dacey


According to the speaker, the United States and the majority of state governments have created a justice system that promotes incarceration to drive profit. Our society has made it profitable for corporations to incarcerate people, with prisoners calculated as growth commodities on corporate balance sheets. Shareholders are fiscally rewarded when private prison populations increase. This practice, sponsored by government, is inherently flawed and filled with economic conflicts of interest that violate “life and liberty” guarantees in the Constitution of the United States.

About the speaker:
John Dacey worked for 12 years at legal aid and public interest firms, and since has been in private practice representing nonprofits and other businesses that provide medical, behavioral health, and developmental disability services. Dacey has also served as a state court judge pro tem, a federal court-appointed mediator to mediate inmate lawsuits over medical care and religious freedoms, and as adjunct faculty at the Arizona State University Law School. He founded Abolish Private Prisons in 2015.


Mon, April 10, 2017

12:00 PM – 1:45 PM CDT


University of Texas School of Law

727 East Dean Keeton Street

TNH 2.137

Austin, TX 78705

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