The prison-industrial complex in the US is turning into something very much like this. And that’s hardly a surprise given the globalization of this industry (I cite G4S as one obvious example).
Similarly to how Palestinians are removed to prisons inside Israel proper, where family must then seek hard-to-obtain entry permits for visitation purposes, prisoners from my state of Hawaii are removed to prisons in Arizona and Nevada thousands of miles from their homes. Most of these prisoners are part-Hawaiians or other non-Caucasians who tend to be from the less affluent classes. Their families can’t afford the high cost of airfare for visitation, hence many prisoners serve their entire terms of incarceration without a single family visit.
To add insult to injury, the telephone systems are likewise privatized and calls between prisoners and family are billed at usurious rates. All of this has the harmful effect of breaking the family bond, something that flies in the face of modern penological theories.
Prolonged periods of solitary incarceration, lack of access to medical care, and rancid, unhealthy food are also hallmarks of today’s American prison-industrial complex, just as they are in Israeli prisons.
This is in no way an attempt to mitigate or excuse the horrid treatment meted out by Israel to Palestinian prisoners. On the contrary, I’m pointing out that these sorts of vile inhumanities are spreading globally and rapidly yanking penology back into the Dark Ages worldwide.