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Will Tough Economy Be The Downfall Of The Private Prison Industry?

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The hacktivist group Anonymous released a 40-page report on Tuesday detailing how and why the private prison industry should be held responsible for the large number of Americans living behind bars.

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Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 1:06 pm
Shared. I want everyone to know about this.

JL A (281)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 1:24 pm
Excellent--important information for all taxpayers footing the bill to see how they are being fleeced! Thanks Judy!

Kit B (276)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:10 pm

We can hope but they are not going away quietly and not without a fight.

Remember this is was released by Think Progress in April of 2013:
Keep in mind that Dick Cheney is a majority owner of CCA.

In an unprecedented experiment fueled by budget concerns, Ohio sold a state prison to Corrections Corporation of America, one of the largest private prison corporations in the country, in 2011. Within a year, a state audit of Lake Erie Correctional Institute, the nation’s first privately owned state prison, found rampant abuse and abysmal conditions well below state standards. The CCA prison was given another chance to pass, but flunked another inspection four months later. Independent reports continue to illuminate filthy, broken facilities, as well as much higher rates of crime and violence in and around the prison. On Tuesday, the ACLU of Ohio sent Ohio lawmakers a comprehensive timeline of the prison’s decline since CCA took over.

The Lake Erie prison is now reportedly overcrowded at 130 percent capacity, with single-person cells holding 3 inmates each, according to internal documents obtained by the ACLU. Assaults on guards and other inmates have skyrocketed by 40 percent.

In fact, on the same day the ACLU released their timeline, the Lake Erie prison had to tamp down a series of inmate fights that lead to the confinement of 500 inmates.
Full article at:

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 7:40 pm
But as cash-strapped state governments and the U.S. federal government struggle financially, the private prison industry has been targeted for drastic cuts, with officials declining to renew prison contracts and reducing prison sentences for certain crimes.

We can only hope that at least in this area the economic downturn will be the silver lining.

I'm always grateful to Anonymous they have helped in many places.

This fact below is tragic and should never be. What a F'd up Country we live in.

The U.S. incarcerates more of its people than any other nation in the world. The nation with the second-highest incarceration rate is Rwanda, followed by Cuba and Russia. Though the U.S. is home to less than 5 percent of the world’s population, 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population are in the U.S., according to Anonymous.

Roger G (154)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 9:07 pm
noted, thanks!

Past Member (0)
Friday July 12, 2013, 4:28 am
It's time to evaluate the way of treating offenders

Suzanne B (246)
Friday July 12, 2013, 6:37 am
thanks for sharing this!

Jamie Clemons (282)
Friday July 12, 2013, 1:40 pm
I hope so.

Birgit W (160)
Friday July 12, 2013, 2:15 pm
I totally agree with Dandelion's comment. Thank you.

Sharon W. (4)
Friday July 12, 2013, 4:57 pm
I am afraid that tough economy will mean less money per capita in prisons. Which will equal bad food , bad care and new crimes.

Charlene Rush (79)
Friday July 12, 2013, 5:55 pm
The private prison system is, without a doubt, one of the worst atrocities, perpetrated on the American public. It all goes back to the people we vote into office.
Here, we have another Big Business interest, that has tremendous power to enact their own prison rules and regulations. Now, this equals more cash-back payments to politicians, who support them.

This 'grand scheme' of the conservatives, to make our government weaker, works for corporations and wicked legislators. Anyone who can 't see it, is either already wealthy, or lives in some form of denial, thinking they will join the ranks of the 1%.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday July 12, 2013, 6:45 pm
1. Private prisons have contracts that guarantee them 90% occupancy So any reduction in prison population will hit public prisons, NOT the private ones. Unless they just HAPPEN to make the cuts at contract time. The one I am most familiar with (incidentally owned by CCA) just got renewed.
2. In a tough economy the private prison may be the only available employer. Especially out in the boondocks where prisons tend to get located becuase no one wants them in theor back yard.
3. What Sharon W said.
4. When did rapidly declinihng standards and service ever make legislators, especially Republican legislators, pull contracts?

Believe me, I would love to agree with Dandelion that states will be dropping them, but I am not that optimistic.

Vivian B (169)
Friday July 12, 2013, 7:43 pm
This is just slavery in a different jacket. They use these prisoners to work on highways and all kinds of menial jobs. They pay them maybe 10 cents a day and that is where they make their profit.
It is inhumane and barbaric the way they treat some of these prisoners!!
CCA and Geo need to be investigated for fraud and cruel and inhumane treatment of their "clients".

reft h (66)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 12:21 am
these prisons are ingrained into society now, and the system feeds itself. It is unlikely they will end.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 3:23 pm
Thanks for posting this excellent report by Anonymous, Judy. What a great group!
When 3 prisoners broke out of a CCA prison in No. AZ a couple years ago, two went on a "murder spree" through 2 states until they were caught. Prior to that, our Gov. (Jan Brewer) was working hard to manipulate CCA to gain more prisons, and was going to profit from it herself. Since then, there has been little word on the subject of private prisons here. I'm ashamed to say I'm not current on any legislation or plans, so it seems that prison break destroyed whatever plans to privatize that were "in the works." It was obviously very bad publicity for them. Glad to see that CCA is on a downhill slide. By ending the "war on drugs" and stopping the incarceration of people for these non-violent offenses, the Anon graph shows that the prison population would decrease enormously.
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