CCA and Others Use Politics as Strategy

By BitcoDavid

In January of last year, the Sentencing Project released a 25 page report entitled, Too Good to be True – Private Prisons in America, by Cody Mason.

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In the first decade of this century, the number of state inmates in private prisons increased by 80%, but the number of Federal inmates, saw gains in the area of almost 10 times that amount. The overwhelming majority of those are in for drug related and other non-violent offenses, and evidence exists that these increases are along ethnic lines.

Consider:

  • A staff psychiatrist employed by CCA in Florida was caught forcing female inmates to give him private lap-dances.
Village Voice
Village Voice
  • In 2010, guards at CCA run Idaho Correctional Center, allowed several inmates to beat another inmate into a coma. It is said that they regularly used inmate violence as a way to gain leverage and maintain control.
  • The state of Hawaii has removed all its inmates from private facilities.
  • At Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey, a CCA run facility, an inmate was left to bleed to death on the floor – for 13 hours.

And yet, GEO Group and CCA among others continue to spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year – over ½ billion just since 2000 – lobbying on both the  state and Federal levels. Their combined profits have been 3 Billion dollars since 2010. They lobby for such things as harsher sentences for drug crimes, stiffer mandatory sentences and 3 strike laws. In short, they profit by locking you up, and they are working tirelessly to make that easier to do.

CCA stock 10 year chart
CCA stock 10 year chart

You can see the original report here, but I have embedded it for your convenience.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

2 thoughts on “CCA and Others Use Politics as Strategy

    1. State and Federal prisons are regulated. Privates aren’t. That’s a whole issue in and of itself. And one worthy of writing about. Thanks for the idea, and thanks for commenting.

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