What is the Prison Industrial Complex?

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/images/2008/10/411984.jpgThe Prison Industrial Complex (P.I.C) is a term used to describe the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social and political problems.

  • The Prison Industrial Complex is not just prisons themselves, it is mutually reinforcing web of relationships, between and not limited to, for example, prisons, the probation service, the police, the courts, all the companies that profit from transporting, feeding and exploiting prisoners, and so forth.
  • The UK currently has the most privatised prison system in Europe. Its cultural embrace of surveillance, policing and repressive policies are making it open ground for companies seeking to exploit the custodial markets in the UK.
  • Thousands are criminalised, imprisoned and controlled, individuals and families are harmed and traumatised and poverty is perpetuated to allow a small minority of people to profit.

Read more about the P.I.C in the UK:

The P.I.C in pictures:

A video zine has been produced by organisers in North America that highlights the impacts of the prison industrial complex in the United States.

For more resources, visit Community Action on Prison Expansion’s resources page.