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Publisher's Summary

The nation's swelling inmate population has turned imprisonment into a $50 billion-a-year industry. Those who've prospered along the way include corporations, prison guard unions, and police agencies. American RadioWorks correspondent John Biewen examines how some of those with vested interests help to shape who gets locked up and for how long.

Correspondent/Producer: John Biewen
Producers: Stephanie Curtis and Rebecca Davis
Editor: Deborah George
Host: Deborah Amos
Coordinating Producer: Sasha Aslanian
Project Coordinator: Misha Quill
Mixing: Craig Thorson and Tom Mudge
Production Assistance: Baris Gumus-Dawes, Seth Lind, and Mark Holterhaus
Managing Editor: Stephen Smith
Executive Producer: Bill Buzenberg


Major funding for American RadioWorks® comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

American RadioWorks is the national documentary unit of American Public Media.

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©2003 American Public Media

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  • Public Service Award, 2002 Third Coast International Audio Festival

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