Study: Private prisons result in more inmates, longer sentences

The Labour Economics study suggests two potential reasons for the increase: corruption and increased capacity.

  • After adopting strict sentencing laws in the '80s and '90s, many states have turned to for-profit prisons to handle growing prison populations.
  • A new study in Labour Economics found that privately-run prisons correlate with a rise in incarceration rates and sentence lengths.
  • While evidence is mixed, private prisons do not appear to improve recidivism or cost less than state-run facilities.
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    You want to stop child abuse? Here's how you can actually help.

    Sharing QAnon disinformation is harming the children devotees purport to help.

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    • The conspiracy theory, QAnon, is doing more harm than good in the battle to end child trafficking.
    • Foster youth expert, Regan Williams, says there are 25-29k missing children every year, not 800k, as marketed by QAnon.
    • Real ways to help abused children include donating to nonprofits, taking educational workshops, and becoming a foster parent.
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    Consumer advocacy groups are mostly funded by Big Pharma, according to new research

    An article in Journal of Bioethical Inquiry raises questions about the goal of these advocacy groups.

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    • Two-thirds of American consumer advocacy groups are funded by pharmaceutical companies.
    • The authors of an article in Journal of Bioethical Inquiry say this compromises their advocacy.
    • Groups like the National Alliance on Mental Illness act more like lobbyists than patient advocates.

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    How #Unity2020 plans to end the two-party system, bring back Andrew Yang

    The proposal calls for the American public to draft two candidates to lead the executive branch: one from the center-left, the other from the center-right.

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    • The #Unity2020 plan was recently outlined by Bret Weinstein, a former biology professor, on the Joe Rogan Experience.
    • Weinstein suggested an independent ticket for the 2020 presidential election: Andrew Yang and former U.S. Navy Admiral William McRaven.
    • Although details of the proposal are sparse, surveys suggest that many Americans are cynical and frustrated with the two-party system.
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    Politics is now a dating deal-breaker, according to new research

    A massive Dating.com study reveals just how important politics are in the dating world right now.

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    • According to a new survey from a popular dating website, 84 percent of people currently looking for a relationship through dating apps won't even consider dating someone with opposite political views.
    • Additionally, 67 percent of the dating site's users have admitted to previously ending a relationship due to opposing political views.
    • Licensed marriage therapist Dr. Gary Brown says that there is more "venom and animosity" now than there was during the Vietnam War.
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