Sunday, September 22, 2013

Private prisons demand states maintain maximum capacity or pay fees

Prisons need prisoners
Original Article

Prison is a business and business is booming!


By Travis Gettys

Falling crime rates are bad for business at privately run prisons, and a new report shows the companies that own them require them to be filled near capacity to maintain their profit margin.

A new report from the advocacy group In the Public Interest shows private prison companies mandate high inmate occupancy rates through their contracts with states – in some cases, up to 100 percent.

The report, “Criminal: How Lockup Quotas and ‘Low-Crime Taxes’ Guarantee Profits for Private Prison Corporations,” finds three Arizona prisons must be filled to capacity under terms of its contract with Management and Training Corporation.

If those beds aren't filled, the state must compensate the company.

The report found that occupancy requirements were standard language in contracts drawn up by big private prison companies.

One of those, The Corrections Corporation of America, made an offer last year to the governors of 48 states to operate their prisons on 20-year contracts.

That offer included a demand that those prisons remain 90 percent full for the duration of the operating agreement.

The report found 41 of the 62 contracts reviewed contained occupancy requirements, with the highest occupancy rates found in Arizona, Oklahoma and Virginia.

Private prison companies have also backed measures such as “three-strike” laws to maintain high prison occupancy.

When the crime rate drops so low that the occupancy requirements can’t be met, taxpayers are left footing the bill for unused facilities.

In Colorado, for example, Democratic Gov. John Hinklooper agreed to close down five state-run prisons and instead send inmates to CCA’s three corrections facilities.

That cost taxpayers at least $2 million to maintain the unused facilities.

It’s more difficult to quantify the societal cost of filling prisons to satisfy private investors.


Loneranger said...

So to insure these companies make their profits the states are sentencing longer. Creating more ways to arrest and harvest humans for this industry. We abolished slavery for the private sector. We however didn't for the federal government. this is no more than slavery at it's finest. When we had cotton fields in the south and slave ships coming from Africa who were these slaves? they were back then everyday people that were captured and moved here. They had no rights as the government condoned this. Then the civil war and slavery was abolished.The constitution amended and now only the government can enslave someone. To do that they must first commit a crime. The government makes the laws and can adjust them accordingly to produce as many slaves as necessary. All harvested from the population and then placed into the prison system that is the slave industry now. If you need more harvest more. If you don't want to harvest more or can't make the ones you have last longer. simple when you look at it. The crime rate is going down. Well to many people have wised up to the system. So this can't be good for business. The populous has been told that we need prisons to protect us. Ok this is true to a point. After that it becomes manipulated by this industry. At that point it becomes worthless except for the ones that profit. What if we no longer had the need to fill all these beds? What if sentencing fit the crime? What if we don't give a rats butt if these companies make a profit or not. Then what? Would we be less safe? The only ones that are not safe right now are the tax payers. Being bled daily by the private prison system.
This doesn't just apply to the prison system either. When you take a look at foster care and this has become just another industry.What do you need to fuel this? Humans taken from families and placed in confinement that is cloaked as a caring home. The more kids they can grab the more money they make. If a bed goes empty they lose money. Follow the money and then look at the laws and the people that encourage this. We have a really screwed up system.

It would be better the states pay for the empty beds until they can end the contract then to unjustly fill them.

In Oregon we have mandatory sentencing. If someone touches a child in a sexual manner and this can be almost anything they serve six years. Six years that they don't have to worry about refilling a prison bed. Now the prison is over loaded as this worked to well and was sold to the people as what was needed. Now to reverse this has become almost impossible. there is a down side to every form of manipulation. So we hear that we have thousands of children in foster care. Not enough money and we need to donate to charities to help fund this. It goes on and on and follow the money.

Sex Offender Issues said...

Hitler would be proud!