Federally funded mass vaccination site coming to Bon Carre business center

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Friday, the White House announced the Bon Carre business center will become a mass vaccination site.

“It just makes sense logistically, you know we are right here on Florida Blvd, most people all throughout the parish can get here” said District 6 East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman, Cleve Dunn.

The plan is to bring shots directly to underserved communities.

“This is undoubtedly going to be a game changer in our fight against Covid 19” said East Baton Rouge Mayor-President, Sharon Weston Broome.

According to the White House, the site will be able to provide 3,000 shots per day for up to 8 weeks.

“Our Mass Vaccination sites located in some of the most underserved neighborhoods in the nation are run and staffed by FEMA and DOD staff in close partnership with state and local officials and these sites have a combined capacity to administer 110,000

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How mass incarceration became ‘a business opportunity’ in America

This is part 1 of Yahoo Finance’s Illegal Tender podcast about the for-profit prison industry. Listen to the series here. 

Mass incarceration in the U.S. grew over decades as more politicians with tough-on-crime stances became elected to office and laws changed surrounding sentencing. 

In that environment, the private prison industry became a place to generate a lot of revenue.

“A lot of these criminal laws were changed with the political support of individuals who supported the private prison corporation because they saw a business opportunity,” Amy Fettig, executive director at The Sentencing Project, told Yahoo Finance’s Illegal Tender podcast. “They saw the incarceration, the denial of freedom of our fellow Americans, people in our community as a business opportunity.”

A boy carries cash to visit his mother at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California May 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

The U.S. has the most private prisons

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