Locking Up Americans is Their Business and Business is Good
But what about all the domestic mini-Guantanamos?
Ever hear of the Corrections Corporation of America? Me neither, until today.
Their representative no-showed a hearing in Sacramento yesterday where a state committee probed the practice of CCA moving California citizens incarcerated in their private prisons to other states.
8,000 prisoners will soon be moved involuntarily out of state to alleviate overcrowded prisons. 400 prisoners previously voluntarily decided to accept offers to move to less crowded prisons with more cable channels and the promises of "all night parties" in Tennessee and Arizona.
CCA, according to Wikipedia, is the fifth largest prison system in America behind the federal government and three states. Business is good. In fact their stock price just doubled.
Not only do these guys run prisons, they also got their foot in the door of the judicial system. CCA's executive vice president and general counsel and former aide to former Senate Majority leader Dr. Bill Frist, Gus Puryear IV landed a nomination today to be a federal judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Like many of the other major Republican privatizing schemes, it's not really working out. The company's been around since the beginning of the drug war which has to be some kind of incredible coincidence.
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