Prison Builder’s Dilemma: Economics And Ethics Clash in Eastern Ky.

Aug 1, 2016

With the mining industry in sharp decline, some coalfield counties are hoping new prisons can generate jobs. Eastern Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District is already home to three federal penitentiaries and could soon see construction of a fourth in Letcher County. 

Tarence Ray holds up the left side of a banner protesting plans to build a new prison.

As Benny Becker reports, the proposal has sparked sharp debate over the economics and ethics of prisons.