Already Changing Their Tune

By: Tuesday July 5, 2011 4:39 pm

Well that didn’t take long at all. Ohio, with its anti-union, pro-corporate governor John Kasich, is planning on selling 5 state prisons to private companies who won’t perform to the same standards as the state or save money. But the administration was convinced they offered some sort of cost-savings (despite a plethora of research to the contrary), and initially said the state would earn $200 million from the sale of the prisons. But it turns out they now only expect to earn about $50 million, 1/4 of what the originally thought they’d get.

 

3 Escapes and 2 Murders Don’t Warrant Improving Security

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 4:50 pm

A recent report by the Arizona Republic, which reviewed audits, correspondence, and interviews from the Department of Corrections reveals that many of the security lapses that led to the escape of 3 murderers from the MTC facility in Kingman last year have not been resolved.

New Report on Detainee Abuses

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 12:30 pm

It is not only detainees at Guantanamo or Bagram Airbase that are being mistreated. Right here in the United States, undocumented immigrants are being mistreated by for profit prison companies.

Saving Money by NOT Privatizing

By: Thursday June 9, 2011 5:46 am

New Sheriff Al Neinhuis of Hernando County, Florida is actually saving the county more than a million and a half dollars just this year, compared to what CCA would have charged to operate the facility. And he’ll do it better.

For-Profit Prisons: Another Failed Privatization of a Government Service

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 5:06 pm

The idea that private companies were going to somehow find a radically more efficient way to do something as basic as holding and feeding criminals in a secure building was always pretty much pure fantasy.

Are Juvenile Courts Manufacturing Criminals to Feed the Prison Industrial Complex?

By: Monday July 5, 2010 3:00 pm

In the drive to privatize governmental functions that traditionally were considered solely the province of government, apparently, we have to assure there is a steady supply of prisoners in the pipeline so that firms such as Corrective Corporation of America can make a profit no matter the expense to society and what better way to do that than to grab the children under age ten, give them criminal records so they can be locked up.

Guess what? Like many of the other privatization efforts, it’s a con.

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