We all know the prison industry rules. But what many do not know is how directly the Prison Industrial Complex takes money directly from our lives. As many as 65% of private prison contracts require our counties to pay for each cell as if it is occupied and costing the company money–even when that cell is empty. These contracts should be challenged at every level and then, perhaps, made illegal. As long as the taxpayer is involved, the county is responsible to us and our shrinking pocketbooks. This nonsense must stop. We can’t allow the police to throw citizens in jail just to meet the quota, either.