South Carolina’s Prison Dairy

South Carolina is building the state’s largest dairy—at a prison.

The project makes a lot of sense economically, but then all prison labor makes great economic sense.

Apart from the animal use issues, I find this deeply troubling. I think that under our current system of government, prisons should be an economic drain on the state. The great expense associated with housing and feeding prisoners is about the only factor that can work against populist “tough on crime” District Attorneys, legislators, and governors, who cheerfully destroy lives and warehouse people as a means to win public office.

With U.S. incarceration rates already leading the world, the last thing we need is for state officials to find ways to make our prisons economically self-sustaining. We should never allow America to become a land of gulags, but that’s the direction in which South Carolina is headed. Link.