One of the most confusing aspects of the halfway house scandal – where numerous inmates escaped halfway houses and committed horrendous crimes – is why such violent individuals would ever be released to such a low security facility in the first place. Based on records obtained by Firedoglake under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) we may be closer to an answer.
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|By: Jesse Lava Saturday March 2, 2013 12:48 pm|
The debate over Florida Atlantic University’s decision to name a football stadium after a notorious private prison company has descended into deception.
|By: fatster Monday July 2, 2012 6:15 am|
Fatster compiles headlines and links from the stories you might have missived over the weekend, including articles on rendition, drone strikes, Burma, Barclays Bank thieves, House GOP underfunding, dumb ALEC, Rick Scott’s voter purge, private prisons, flood insurance, Jack Lew, Eric Holder ConED strike, phony pregnancy centers, reproductive rights, and much more.
|By: WhyIHateCCA Friday June 29, 2012 1:32 pm|
Florida’s leadership is among the most aggressive in the nation in trying to bring private prisons to the state. The governor, speaker of the house, former speaker of the house, and a host of Republicans in the legislature repeatedly attempted to force through what would have been the largest wholesale privatization of prisons in US history.
|By: WhyIHateCCA Thursday June 7, 2012 4:15 pm|
The news that GEOCare, a private for-profit company, is hovering around the prisoner mental health honeypot in North Carolina is an extremely worrisome development. Mental health in prisons tends to fall at or near the very bottom of the list of priorities in prison management– and likewise in prison budgets– not least because a large percentage of the typical prison population suffer from mental health issue. This covers everything from anxiety and depression, to self-harm, insomnia, suicide attempts, psychosis, borderline personality disorder, uncontrollable anger and violent impulses associated with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and eating disorder. To be honest, if a prisoner is not suffering from some sort of despair related condition whilst incarcerated in the US prison system, they are doing remarkably well.
|By: WhyIHateCCA Saturday May 26, 2012 4:00 pm|
In an interesting bit of grassroots advocacy, a few shareholders of the country’s two largest private prison companies have worked to bring more accountability to the industry, which is exempt from public records laws in nearly every jurisdiction despite the fact that it performs inherently governmental functions.
The GEO Group, based in Boca Raton, FL, had its annual shareholders’ meeting in Palm Beach a few weeks back. Some demonstrators protested outside, but the true challenge for the company would come from inside that very meeting.
|By: WhyIHateCCA Saturday April 7, 2012 12:45 pm|
Following on the announcement of the removal of all juvenile prisoners in Mississippi from private prisons, the Department of Justice has just released a report of its findings in investigating the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility, which is run by the GEO Group. Walnut Grove was the target of the lawsuit that resulted in the prohibition on sending juveniles to private prisons, and it turns out the state was more than justified in ordering such a removal.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday March 15, 2012 8:00 pm|
Once again, Republicans have proposed privatizing Medicare, despite the rather chilly reception this transcendently idiotic idea received last time. The logic is, as always, is that the hallowed Private Sector just does everything better than that wasteful, extravagant, ol’ Big Gummint, so why would caring for sick old people be any different? I won’t bore you with inconsequential minutia about risk pools, demographics, or, well, what makes health insurance pencil out as a business proposition, but I wish that, for once, they’d give an example wherein this cockamamie notion actually worked.
|By: WhyIHateCCA Wednesday February 8, 2012 11:15 am|
Florida continue to push to privatize its prison system, and the entire effort is being greased by millions of dollars flowing to lobbyists and Florida legislators, not to mention the Governor. Efforts to force advocates to justify claims of savings are failing, bought off by even more money from those who profit from private prisons.
|By: WhyIHateCCA Sunday January 29, 2012 6:45 am|
Florida’s politicians really just can’t take a hint. After they failed to force widespread privatization on the state’s prison system, against the wishes of the director of their DOC (but at the behest of companies that spent a million dollars lobbying the legislature), the asshats in the state legislature are back at it, this time with a vengeance. Even the fact that the GEO Group is under FBI investigation over a deal that brought a private prison to the state, and the state’s Circuit Court ruling the initial push unconstitutional, have failed to slow down the push to privatize.