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Yesterday, Frank wrote that the ACLU, Presbyterian Criminal Justice Network, and a broad coalition of civil rights and faith leaders were opposing CCA's recent offer to buy state prisons in return for states maintaining 90% occupancy at these facilities.
Now, these groups are being joined by Texas State Senator John Whitmire, the Dean of the Senate and long-time chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Whitmire, speaking to USA Today ("Private purchasing of prisons locks in occupancy rates," March 8th), had this to say:
"You don't want a prison system operating with the goal of maximizing profits," says Texas state Sen. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat and advocate for reducing prison populations through less costly diversion programs. "The only thing worse is that this seeks to take advantage of some states' troubled financial position."
Former Kansas Secretary of Corrections Roger Werholtz also warned against the temptation of a "quick infusion of cash" saying
"[m]y concern would be that our state would be obligated to maintain these (occupancy) rates and subtle pressure would be applied to make sentencing laws more severe with a clear intent to drive up the population."
Originally posted by sonnny1
reply to post by ofhumandescent
The Prison System Is Becoming Big Business in America ?
It IS big business......Not becoming.
Although the predominant myths about PRIVATIZATION (whether of prisons or anything else) claim that privatization means tax savings for the public, it actually costs us more. Even though on paper a private agency or corporation may present a lower figure to do the same job, once that money has been taken out of the public's hands, it no longer remains ours. In the public sector, tax money tends to make more of itself, meaning that each public dollar paid through one social service will spend itself four to eight times more elsewhere within the public sector. Once public money goes into private hands however, that money stays there and is gone for good. This is especially true if we consider that privatization corporations are usually given handsome tax breaks and "incentives," in the form of what some people call "corporate welfare," which means we are even less likely to see that money again.
First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left
to speak up for me.
~ Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inaction of German intellectuals during the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group.
Lawmakers in Florida are voting on a piece of legislation that would result in the single largest expansion of for-profit prisons in the country making 20% of the state's correctional system privatized. But looking at past examples across the country, can we say this is about anything else other than money for big business? Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks discusses.
*In recent years, the trend toward privatization, both among state governments and at the federal level has been part of an attempt to address serious budget troubles and crisis-level prison overcrowding by outsourcing more and more corrections operations to private companies.
The move has translated into big business for industry leaders like Corrections Corporation of America (CXW), The Geo Group (GEO) and Cornell Companies, Inc. (CRN) (In the year 2010, The Geo Group and Cornell finalized a merger valued at $730 million).
*THE EXPOSED SERIES includes in the month of August 2010 the following:
CorpThug69 Show "EXPOSED" AIR TOPICS & DATES:
1) African-American's (BIGGEST SELF DECEPTION) (Pt.1 & 2) - *Air on 8/9/2010
2) U.S. Liberty, W.T.F.? (We the Fairytale!) - *Air on 8/16/2010
3) 2012, the MYTH - *Air on 8/16/2010
4) PRISON (BIG BUSINESS) - *Air on 8/21/2010
5) Bi-Polar & PTSD Phenomena -*Air on 8/23/2010
6) Disaster Preparedness - *Air on 8/23/2010
7) SATAN, DEVIL, LUCIFER? *Air on 8/30/2010
8) Paramilitary, GOOD/BAD - *Air on 9/2/2010
There are only a few real laws, don't hurt another person, don't steal from them. The rest are made up garbage. Garbage that is going to create a massive industry.