Prison Food Contractors Exposed For Funding Efforts To Ensure People Are Jailed For Marijuana

prison-food-marijuanaBy John Vibes

Food Services of America, a subsidiary of Services Group of America is funding efforts to keep marijuana illegal. It makes sense, considering that a vast majority of America’s prisoners are locked in prison on marijuana charges, and the company stands to gain a lot of business from the laws staying the same. reported that the company donated $80,000 to a campaign committee opposing the legal cannabis measure on Arizona’s November ballot.

Services Group of America has been criticized in the past for providing food to prisons that failed to meet basic nutritional requirements.

The report also indicated that the Arizona state Chamber of Commerce contributed $498,000 to the same campaign week. The effort also received a half million dollar donation from opioid maker Insys Therapeutics as well as sizeable contributions from various players in the alcohol industry.

The influence that the alcohol and pharmaceutical industries have on keeping marijuana illegal has been well documented, but the influence of prison contractors is rarely discussed.

The prison industry is one of the fastest growing and top-earning businesses in the United States. In the past three decades, this enterprise has grown into a monstrous system of oppression that now houses over 2 and a half million people in the US. This number is, by far, the largest prison population in the world. No country on earth has as many inmates as the “land of the free.”

Ironic isn’t it? Since 1991 the violent crime rate in America has dropped at least 20%, while the amount of people in prison has increased by 50% in that time. These numbers show that the rapid growth in the prison population is primarily due to over prosecution of nonviolent crimes.

This has nothing to do with “cleaning up the streets” or making our society safer — it is all about money and control. The prison system as it stands now does not make our society any safer but instead turns average nonviolent offenders into hardened criminals by exposing them to such a harsh environment.

The sad truth is that the way our prison system has been structured has actually outlawed more than half of the US population. Nonviolent offenders have no place behind bars. The savage conditions of prison will turn most people into violent offenders once they get out. Which is exactly what the prison establishment wants – return customers.

This establishment is the collection of state and quasi-state/private industries that make up the “prison industrial complex.” Billions of dollars are made every year in this industry. One company, Wackenhut Corrections, makes over a billion dollars a year and they aren’t even the biggest prison service in the country.

These numbers also don’t take into consideration the many satellite businesses that surround this industry. There are over 1,000 vendors that specifically sell correctional paraphernalia. Even local phone companies cash in on the operation. The companies install payphones for free because those phones can generate $15,000 per year from each inmate making a phone call every day.

Those companies are just the tip of the iceberg. That isn’t even counting the police, lawyers, wardens, politicians and food distributors that line their pockets through the incarceration of peaceful Americans.

All of these organizations have a distinct interest in keeping nonviolent people in jail. So, it should come as no surprise a prison contractor is working to keep marijuana illegal.

John Vibes is an author and researcher who organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference. He also has a publishing company where he offers a censorship free platform for both fiction and non-fiction writers. John writes for, where this article first appeared. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. John is currently battling cancer naturally, without any chemo or radiation, and will be working to help others through his experience, if you wish to contribute to his treatments please donate here.

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7 Comments on "Prison Food Contractors Exposed For Funding Efforts To Ensure People Are Jailed For Marijuana"

  1. They deserve to serve time in their own prisons, in the general prison pop.along with some of the people that they put in there…Hmmm I wonder how long they’d still be breathing?… but… ‘solitary’ with life sentences for depraved indifference- malice of forethought- conspiracy & of course Crimes Against Humanity would be apropos (imo)

  2. I’ve known this for a long time. It’s amazing how many Industries ganged up on Marijuana and Hemp, although WWII was a reprieve for the Hemp Industry as every good Sailor, Hangman and Roofer knows, Hemp rope is the very best rope.

    In fact, when it’s time for the Saturday Night Air-Dance comes for these scum, I recommend 100% Organic Hemp Neckties. The Music provided will be “Swing” Music, of course.

    Here’s a little thing I did in Photoshop a few years ago when Mr. Harper was PM of Canada. He wanted to establish a luverly Privatized Prison System just like the good ole USA, being a Bohemian Grove participant an’ all. I grew up in the 60’s and this was the attitude around “Potheads”.

  3. Where is your print button ? Is there no way to print your articles any more ?

  4. Move to Colorado and imbibe for the health of it, whilst watching gorgeous sunsets.

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