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A Lone Politician Just Voted Down Legal Cannabis — Turns Out He Profits From Mass Incarceration

William Grigg | The Free Thought Project

Wichita, KS – If you’re a homeless person in Wichita, Kansas, City Councilman Pete Meitzner and his associates at The Lord’s Diner will feed you. If you’re caught with a joint and locked up at the Sedgwick County Detention Facility, Meitzner and his political associates will feast on you – and any relatives who try to call you while you’re incarcerated.

Three decades ago, recalls the investigative website Kansas Exposed, Meitzner co-founded a telecommunications company now known as Securus Technologies, which provides telephone and video visitation service — at extortionate rates. Sedgwick County “receives a 71% commission on the gross sales generated by these inmate conversations” in the county jail, notes Kansas Exposed.




When Meitzner first ran for the District II City Council seat in 2011, a profile depicted him as the product of a deeply religious and civic-minded family. He is the former Chairman of Directors at The Lord’s Diner, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita that has the admirable mission of serving “a nutritious meal with dignity and respect to anyone who is hungry.”

It’s worth considering whether he has given serious thought to Matthew 23:14, in which Jesus is quoted as condemning “hypocrites” who “devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers.” His prison telecommunications cartel charges the families of people cattle-penned in government cages hundreds of dollars a month to talk to their loved ones. Last year, Securus’s corporate earnings vaulted from $87 million to $114.6 million, most of it extracted from poor but desperate relatives of jail and prison inmates.


This isn’t to say that Meitzner is a stranger to pity: When the FCC proposed a cap of 11 cents a minute and limits on the notorious add-on fees that inflate the cost of communicating with an inmate, Meitzner’s company whined that this might be a “business-ending event,” reports the Huffington Post.

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