The Punishment Industry
Punishment in the US is a profit driven enterprise.
The Prison-Industrial Complex is a term, attributed to Angela Davis, that is used to refer to the mutually beneficial cooperation between government and private industry in maintaining and expanding the US criminal justice system. Read Davis’ book Are Prisons Obsolete to learn more about the relationship between profit, race, gender, and mass incarceration.
Because prisons are built on reform, new reforms often just mean expansion, and restorative justice may just widen the net of government reach if it is not used intentionally to reduce incarceration.