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After three violent inmates escaped from an Arizona private prison in July 2010, prompting a two-week, multi-state manhunt, state corrections officials demanded improvements and stopped sending new inmates to what they called a "dysfunctional" 3,300-bed facility.
Less than a year later, the company that runs the prison, Management & Training Corp., threatened to sue the state. A line in their contract guaranteed that the prison would remain 97 percent full. They argued they had lost nearly $10 million from the reduced inmate population.
Experts argue that such requirements create an incentive for policymakers to focus on filling empty prison beds, as opposed to pursuing long-term policy changes, such as sentencing reform, that could significantly reduce prison populations. In short, many states are effectively obligated to continue to incarcerate people regardless of crime rates and public safety needs, or otherwise hand over taxpayer dollars in order to satisfy private profit-making companies.
Although wasn't it California where they were having to release prisoners not so long ago because they had too many in the system and budget shortfalls made it necessary?
Well, this is what happens when we pass so many laws that everyone is a criminal if they want to press the issue.
Every time their is a ballot initiative with Mandatory minimums, the Prison industry is either for the effort for them, and if there is one asking to repeal they are against that.
The prison-industrial complex is so out of control that private prisons have the sheer audacity to order states to keep beds full or face their wrath with stiff financial penalties, according to reports. Private prisons in some states have language in their contracts that state if they fall below a certain percentage of capacity that the states must pay the private prisons millions of dollars, lest they face a lawsuit for millions more.
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This is one I agree with. This knockout game is violent assault at the least and attempted murder at worst. In fact it has resulted in murder. These scum deserve 10 years minimum.