Scheduled Maintenance Tonight at 11:30PM Pacific

By: Saturday November 2, 2013 7:00 pm

Firedoglake will be down for about thirty minutes tonight as we complete some scheduled maintenance on the site, beginning at 11:30pm Pacific.


Private Prisons Don’t Save Money in Arizona

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 2:15 pm

Private prison companies don’t make money by generating more revenue; they make it by cutting costs, in things like maintenance, security, and medical care provided to prisoners. So private prisons simply don’t offer better or even equivalent services and conditions compared to state-run facilities. But the findings of the audit may surprise those who aren’t familiar with this blog or the industry: the state wouldn’t actually save any money by privatizing its prisons. That’s right; even though they pay less, offer less benefits, cherry-pick the cheapest prisoners, and cut corners in every area of operations, private prisons cost just about as much to operate in Arizona as state-run facilities.

Florida Sheriff Saves $1 Million Over CCA by De-Privatizing Jail

By: Friday September 2, 2011 8:45 am

Initial projections by then-Sheriff Richard Nugent hypothesized that the county could save up to $200,000 compared to what CCA would have charged. It turns out that de-privatizing the jail has actually saved Hernando County taxpayers more than $1,000,000 this year. Maybe Ric Scott and JD Alexander ought to reconsider their bullheaded push to privatize half the state’s prison system.

Infrastructure Maintenance Alone Could Put Millions to Work

By: Thursday July 28, 2011 9:30 am

Here in this age of austerity, it’s fashionable to point out that the world just doesn’t work the way it did when John Maynard Keynes was the talk of the town. You just can’t find any shovel-ready projects, so weighted are they by environmental impact reports and the other red tape of 21st century life. But this neglects an entire area where construction work is needed: maintenance. I know from living in Los Angeles that there are enough potholes to keep a small army of workers in business year-round.

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