Private company is offering to buy U.S. prisons in exchange for a controversial GUARANTEE that they maintain a 90% occupancy rate!
They’re not building more schools for your children, or improving the conditions of the bad ones, or fixing America’s crumbling infrastructure, NOPE, they’re building more prisons for your children. A private prison management company is offering to buy prisons in exchange for a controversial GUARANTEE that the governments maintain a 90% occupancy rate for at least 20 years. The $250 million proposal, circulated by the Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America to prison officials in 48 states, has been blasted by some state officials who suggest such a program could pressure criminal justice officials to seek harsher sentences to maintain the contractually required occupancy rates. “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.” Yet one more reason why my wife and I are not having children in this f’d up place. What a bleak future.