BUSINESSMEN TALK DOLLARS, POLITICIANS TALK VOTES
When statesmen ruled the halls of politics, you could go to them and talk politically in terms effecting change based on how many votes you can bring in. Exchanges were made based on those numbers.
Nowadays, businessmen rule the halls of politics. Therefore, instead of talking number of votes, you have to be talking money. If you ain’t talking money, they ain’t listening.
Mass incarceration is now atleast a 500 billion dollar industry.
In Alabama, those numbers are somewhere between 2 and 3 billion dollars. That should give you an idea of the type of financial impact that your coalition must have in order to gain their attention. If we want to see changes in the system, we have to understand the business model that we are in.
And please remember that we are dealing with businessmen, not politicians. This is a very important distinction.