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Gov’t Guarantees 90% Occupancy Rate In Private Prisons

At a time when states are struggling to reduce bloated prison populations and tight budgets, a private prison management company is offering to buy prisons in exchange for various considerations, including a controversial guarantee that the governments maintain a 90% occupancy rate for at least 20 years.

Federal Bureau of Prisons director Harley Lappin speaks during a news conference at the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill., in 2009.

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.”

Corrections Corporation spokesman Steve Owendefended the company’s “investment initiative,” describing it as “an additional option” for cash-strapped states to consider.


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Stating the obvious:

“You don’t want a prison system operating with the goal of maximizing profits,”

but that's the goal and who will stop it? Too many greedy people filling their pockets.

The love of money...what people will do...

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Of course we need

these prisons. We have a bunch of Domestic Terrorists with Bladder infections that are trying to beat a ticket, we can't have that. (sarc)


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Guilty or not....we must meet our quota


Some things shouldn't be

Some things shouldn't be privatized.

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Great, that is all we need,

Great, that is all we need, more privatized prisons. More Wackenhuts or rebranded G4S Solutions, one of the largest for profit prisons run by ex FBI.

In April 1999, the state of Louisiana took over the running of Wackenhut's 15-month-old juvenile prison after the U.S. Justice Department accused Wackenhut of subjecting its young inmates to "excessive abuse and neglect." [9] U.S. journalist Gregory Palast commented on the case: "New Mexico's privately operated prisons are filled with America's impoverished, violent outcasts — and those are the guards." [10] He catalogued lax background checks before hiring guards, which led to several alleged cases of guards physically and sexually abusing inmates. In the U.S., Wackenhut has appeared in the federal courts 62 times since 1999, largely resulting from prisoners' claims of human rights abuses. [10] The company has been accused of trying to maximise profits in its private prisons at the expense of drug rehabilitation, counselling and literacy programs. In 1995 Wackenhut was investigated for diverting $700,000 intended for drug treatment programs at a Texas prison. The GEO Group, Inc. now runs former Wackenhut facilities in 14 states, as well as in South Africa and Australia. Some facilities, such as the Wackenhut Corrections Centers in New York, retain the Wackenhut name despite no longer having any open connection with the company.

In 2003, GEO Group changed from a corporate subsidy (WCC) into a fully independent company from Wackenhut. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wackenhut

Is Gary Johnson still a proponent of privatized prisons?


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Conflicting interests.

The same also holds for traffic cameras. The contracts signed guarantee a certain payout. The stated reasoning for them is to reduce collisions. They signed contracts with a measured outcome that collisions would be reduced. However, if they are indeed successful in reducing collisions, they will soon default on their contract.

Of course they would want to

Of course they would want to require 90% occupancy rates as how else would their friends who own these prisons get rich off the programs?

Or better yet, how else do they expect America to maintain our position as the most imprisoned population in the world? Yes, that's right, the US is the #1 imprisoned population. We have a higher percentage than both Russia & China combined.

Land of the free? Maybe. Land of the imprisoned? Definitely.

Honestly, we must really have some unintelligent people running our government if they ever agree to something like 90% OCCUPANCY. A much better, simpler & no issue solution would be for there to be a minimum operating expense regardless of the number of prisoners / percentage occupied. IMO prisons should not be privately owned/operated, but that's a different issue.

Some judges in PA tried to fill private youth prisons in return for kickbacks. They were caught and people were not too happy about it.


Excellent article. Well worth reading. Also very accurate.

As an ex-prison guard we always assumed that at least 10% of prisoners had been wrongfully convicted. DNA usually got people released early, but it was difficult for the prisoners to force the state to perform the tests even when court ordered.

The police in Texas love to arrest and harass people needlessly, for just about anything. There are so many laws now that there is almost always a reason to arrest someone. Just another money making scam.

Good thread. Thanks for posting.