New Arizona law allows cost-inefficient private prisons

| May 6, 2012 | 4 Replies

Wow. Arizona opens the floodgates to private prisons that are LESS cost efficient than state run prisons. Sounds like not-democracy in action.

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Category: Corporatocracy, Corruption, Politics

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    I suspect ALEC-owned legislators at work here. Tennessee passed a bill in the just-completed session expanding the use of no-bid contracting. Soon after, a bill was introduced that will reduce state oversight of state contracts. The second bill was tabled until the next session.

    CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) is based here in Nashville and is a former corporate member of ALEC (officially leaving ALEC in 2011). Representatives of CCA have been on the Public Safety and Elections Task Force.

    CCA, which is the largest private prison operator in the US has benefited from ALEC model laws like the “Three Strikes” laws, mandatory minimum sentences, and “Truth in Sentencing” laws. “Truth in sentencing” promotes imprisonment without parole.

    In addition, CCA boosts its profits by using inexperienced, poorly trained and low paid staff, denying medical treatment to prisoners in need of treatment, and cutting corners on food services. They also augment revenues by contracting out prisoner labor.

    • Erich Vieth says:

      Sounds like a win win win for the private prison industry, at the expense of everyone else, except the politicians who get contributions out of the deal.

  2. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    Alternet has an excellent article concerning a privatized juvenile prison in Mississippi.

    • Erich Vieth says:

      Niklaus: That for-profit “juvenile prison” is a real life nightmare. No human being should be put into the custody of such a place. It would seem that it is a guarantee to make a disturbed juvenile more disturbed.

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