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9/21/13 11:37 AM
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Majority of private prison contracts demand taxpayer-backed lockup quotas – report
September 20, 2013

The majority of contracts between local US governments and for-profit prisons require “lockup quotas” and “low crime taxes,” according to a new report.

The report, which was released by In the Public Interest, states that 62 percent of private prison contracts studied by the group require states to keep 80 to 100 percent of prison beds occupied. It also revealed that taxpayers compensate the private companies if the number of prisoners falls below the quota – a policy which guarantees profit within the mass incarceration industry.

For instance, when Colorado did not meet its lockup quotas due to dropping crime rates, the state had to pay $2mn based on its contract with the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) – one of America’s largest private prison companies.

A 90 percent lockup quota at the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Ohio led to “cutting corners on safety, including overcrowding, areas without secure doors, and an increase in crime both inside the prison and the surrounding community.” The facility is run by CCA.

The report found that Arizona, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Virginia have the highest lockup quotas in the nation, requiring 95 to 100 percent occupancy.

The private prison industry claims that their services offer states opportunities to save money. However, the report says that “numerous studies and audits have shown these claims of cost savings to be illusory, and bed occupancy requirements are one way that private prison companies lock in in?ated costs after the contract is signed.”

“These provisions guarantee prison companies a consistent and regular revenue stream, insulating them from ordinary business risks,” the report states.

http://rt.com/usa/private-prison-lockup-quota-108/
9/21/13 11:41 AM
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Been like this since the 80s. Thus, America today has the largest prison population on earth. It's big business locking people up in the states.

Innocence is irrelevant. Lives come second to profits. Life is cheap when your country is built on wars for profit and prisons for profit.

9/21/13 11:48 AM
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that's fucked up

9/21/13 12:19 PM
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It is no surprise that LEOs attempt to escalate every encounter with the public these days. Whether they will admit to it or not, there seems to be pressure or insentive to do so. More and more law abiding citizens with no prior record are being arrested, having their assets siezed, beaten up or killed at the hands of law enforcement.

McGlaw seems to be our most honest LEO on this forum. Maybe he could comment?
9/21/13 2:32 PM
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here is how fucked up the Private Prison system is, when I got designated to FPC Pensicola they were transporting us there Via bus from FDC Miami well instead of taking us to Pensicola they took us to Private Prison in GA called LoveJoy where we stayed for 2 weeks then they came and picked us up to go to Pensicola. I asked one of the Marshalls when they came to get us and we were told the prison needed to meet quota so we got loaned to them so they could meet the quota
9/21/13 2:46 PM
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Fucked up story indeed Sean. And the taxpayers foot the bill to pay the private prison, and for the extra transport as well.
9/21/13 8:42 PM
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Sean Thompson - here is how fucked up the Private Prison system is, when I got designated to FPC Pensicola they were transporting us there Via bus from FDC Miami well instead of taking us to Pensicola they took us to Private Prison in GA called LoveJoy where we stayed for 2 weeks then they came and picked us up to go to Pensicola. I asked one of the Marshalls when they came to get us and we were told the prison needed to meet quota so we got loaned to them so they could meet the quota

I appreciate this post.
9/21/13 8:44 PM
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How long before we return to peonage? We seem to be about 90% of the way back there. They just need to make the bulk of us a little poorer, or raise bail fees a little more.
9/21/13 8:49 PM
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So fucked up.

9/21/13 8:51 PM
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http://rt.com/usa/private-prison-lockup-quota-108/

9/21/13 8:53 PM
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9/21/13 10:43 PM
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War and the Justice System should not operate on the basis of a profit motive.  Unfortunately, in the US they do.  The USA is a very, very sick country.  If there was another country out there that was exactly like the USA except that it had a different name almost every American would think of it as an evil empire and worthy of destruction by the first country powerful enough to take it on. 

9/21/13 11:35 PM
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In for a moron to show up and say the US is just better at catching criminals. Phone Post
9/22/13 12:46 AM
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I have a lady friend who works for the second largest funded state and federal government program in the state of California; we're talking billions.

She is an auditor that goes around the state to visit the various offices and said the task is literally impossible. They have what is called a "maintenance of effort." By that she means that every penny must be spent each year and then some or they will get less money from the state and federal government the following year.

If someone does not "maintain effort" by spending every last penny on budget in a somewhat trackable manner they will get written up and potentially lose their job; it the worst thing you can do woking for the state.

She said each year each organization grows branches of new organization to oversee each other and do god knows what in an effort to exceed funding so more can be had the following year. When there is a federal audit they spend millions on accountants and lawyers to make their unmanageable mess look good and then it's back to business as usual.

Most state/federally funded private organizations - especially prisons - have strict "maintenance of effort" standards, which is why they will never try to save money or cut wasteful spending; they are designed to grow and waste and grow in a horrifyingly ponzi scheme like manner.

We are the state, federal government, and affiliated private corporations commodities; our well being is second to their "maintenance of effort," and not a close second at the that.
9/22/13 12:49 AM
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Sorry folks... site froze and multiple posts resulted...
9/22/13 1:35 AM
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No worrries Badmonkey, great post and worth reading more than once.
9/22/13 1:45 AM
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Fuck.... Phone Post 3.0
9/22/13 1:51 AM
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EY proven right again.

I kept telling people here.

THEY WOULD BE SAD IF PEOPLE STOPPED COMMITING CRIMES!


they encourage crime.. if you want to get conspiratorial.. you could say that they even encourage young males to listen to thug hip hop or play GTA to get you in the mood of criminality.

THE SYSTEM NEEDS CRIMINALS!
9/22/13 1:59 AM
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In Phone Post
9/22/13 2:00 AM
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Voted up, OP.

and EY.  I'm going to go sit in the shower until I feel clean.

9/22/13 2:06 AM
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Prison Song by System of a Down comes to mind. Phone Post
9/22/13 2:09 AM
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http://www.vice.com/read/whos-getting-rich-off-the-prison-industrial-complex

A lot of people's retirement is dependent on the private prison business
9/22/13 2:15 AM
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Interesting to see how much longer the system can continue.

 

Isn't the American Debt ceiling stuck at the cap now, like holding steady at 16.95 trillion for the past few months?

 

Why didn't they just hold it indefinitely at a smaller number if it's that easy?

 

 

9/22/13 2:17 AM
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Duh. Phone Post 3.0
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http://www.vice.com/read/whos-getting-rich-off-the-prison-industrial-complex

 

That article's a trip man.  I love this guy's comment on justifying why it's ok to get rich off locking people up:

 

Henri Wedell
The individual who’s invested the most in private prisons is Henri Wedell, who started serving on CCA’s board of directors in 2000, when the company was struggling with scandals related to prisoner abuse and mismanagement. He now owns more than 650,000 shares in the company, which is far more successful these days. Those shares are worth more than $25 million.

I called Wedell to ask him what it was like to make a fortune from the incarceration of others, and whether it bothered him to profit off a system that puts more people in prison than any other country in the world.

“America is the freest country in the world,” he told me. “America allows more freedom than any other country in the world, much more than Russia and a whole lot more than Scandinavia, where they really aren’t free. So offering all this freedom to society, there’ll be a certain number of people, more in this country than elsewhere, who take advantage of that freedom, abuse it, and end up in prison. That happens because we are so free in this country.”


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