I agree with pretty much all you said. However, can you show us some evidence that prisons harm a community?Going back to state work, prisons are not desirable in any community.
If you look at the data for small cities in NY state, comparing socio-economic data such as crime rates, median income and levels of free-and-reduced-lunch/breakfa st in public schools, there is virtually no difference between cities with prisons and cities without prisons.
One interesting thing I note, there seems to be a correlation between higher crime, lower wages and more welfare in cities that are on the NYS Thruway when compared to cities that are not on the Thruway. The correlation is small, but not as small as the effects of prisons.
I would gladly look at data that proves me wrong.
I said data, not opinions.