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July 19, 2011

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The Ministry of Love (or Miniluv in Newspeak) is one of the four ministries that govern Oceania in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The Ministry of Love enforces loyalty through fear, a repressive apparatus, and brainwashing. The Ministry of Love building has no windows and is referred to as "the place where there is no darkness" as its interior lights are never turned off.

There are about 14,000,000 arrests made annually in the United States. That's roughly 38,350 arrests per day in the land of the free. Incarceration is one of the USA's last growth industries.

"The Kittitas County Corrections Center (KCCC) was built in the 1980's. The facility was originally designed for 45 beds. We currently house approximately 105 inmates. Long term inmates may be housed in a number of other contract facilities in eastern Washington."

That's more than double the intended capacity. "Contract facility" is Newspeak for private prison. Profit motive is a dubious foundation for a justice system.