Tag Archives: privatization

Prison company leaving Idaho after problem-filled decade

From the article: “Private prison giant Corrections Corp. of America will leave Idaho after more than a decade marked by scandal and lawsuits surrounding its operation of the state’s largest prison.”

Read more here.

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California signs private-prison deal

Private companies like CCA have been losing contracts in some states, but not in CA – the state signed an agreement with the GEO Group for two lower security facilities.

I am not for or against privatization as a whole – there are pluses and minuses to it – but one thing is absolutely true: it’s not an easy transition from a state to a private facility.  You can’t just snap your fingers, change out the staff, and everything keeps running the way it had before.  Those facilities (and the inmates in them) are in for a rocky ride.

Read more about the CA deal here.

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OK: Private Prison Accused of Abetting Extortion

This is a sad story.  The victim is an older man who arranged for telephone dates through MegaMates.  Little did he know that the “dates” that he had were actually with inmates in the Oklahoma prison system.  The man had confided to one of his “dates” that he had not disclosed his sexual orientation to his family.  The “date” (actually an inmate) then threatened to expose his secret to his family unless the man paid him money.  They further threatened violence.  The man sent them close to $700K over a period of five months (!).  Yikes.

The man is now suing GEO Group, the owner/operator of the prison, because they “allowed” inmates to use cellphones to commit the extortion (whether or not the inmates were allowed is definitely up for debate…unfortunately, combating cellphones is a trial for every correctional system).  Still, gotta feel bad for the guy.

Read more here.

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Audits: Prison vendor charged for unserved meals

From the article: “A private vendor in line to begin feeding roughly 100,000 prison inmates in Ohio and Michigan has a track record of billing for food it doesn’t serve, using substandard ingredients and riling prisoners with its meal offerings, past audits in several states show.”

So that makes me feel optimistic about how it’s going to go in Ohio…

Read more here.

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FL: Privatization of Prison Health Care

From the article: “The privatization of the prison health care is moving full steam of head.  Some are calling it the dirtiest deal in the last 20 years.  Others say it will save the state millions of dollars a month.  Meanwhile, thousands are simply waiting to see if they’ll be employed.”

Read more here.

The privatization of the prison health care is moving full steam ahead. Some are calling it the dirtiest deal in the last 20 years. Others say it will save the state millions of dollars a month. Meanwhile, thousands are simply waiting to see if they’ll be employed.Read More at: http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/privatization-prison-health-care-33519.shtml

The privatization of the prison health care is moving full steam ahead. Some are calling it the dirtiest deal in the last 20 years. Others say it will save the state millions of dollars a month. Meanwhile, thousands are simply waiting to see if they’ll be employed.Read More at: http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/privatization-prison-health-care-33519.shtml

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MS: Prison company wants dismissal of riot lawsuit

From the article: “The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, says CCA ‘created a dangerous atmosphere for the correction officers by depriving inmates of basic needs and treating them inhumanely.'”  The riot resulted in the death of an officer and injuries to at least 20.

The officer was off duty on the day of the riot, but was called in to help.  Reportedly, staff had been informed that the inmate population was volatile, but failed to act.  Further, the officer was reportedly not told that he was on a “hit list.”

CCA’s argument is that inmates killed the officer.

Read more here.

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FL: Privatized prison health services leaves public employees out of a job

From the article: “Under terms of its contract, Corizon must offer comprehensive care to Florida’s inmate population for 7 percent less than it cost the state in 2010. Health care costs have increased steadily since then.”

That’s the upside.  The downside is that the company has come under fire for allegedly inhumane practices.

Then again, proponents of privatization have stated that the reality is that state-run prison medical services can also subject inmates to inhumane care – even when not inhumane, mistakes and negligence are going to happen in any healthcare system.  The goal is simply to limit the number of inmates affected and to limit the negative effects of any poor medical decisions.

Read more on FL here.

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ID: Idaho prison contract up for bid

This is kind of big.

From the article: “Idaho prison leaders are looking for a new company to run the state’s largest prison after Corrections Corporation of America admitted to understaffing and overbilling for its work operating the Idaho Correctional Center.”

I can’t repost the rest of the article due to copyright laws, but you should read it.  Here.

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