America largely phased out the use of privately run, for-profit jails and prison facilities in the early 20th Century after the public realized that the practice of making a profit from caging people was a particularly heinous piece of the capitalist economy. But amidst a government privatization push under Ronald Reagan, the idea came back. Two private-prison firms, California's CoreCivic and Boca Raton's GEO Group, dominate the for-profit human-caging business today.Now, a new report from the nonprofit Sentencing Project lays out just how quickly private, for-profit firms have come to dominate the U.S. prison system: According to a report the project released yesterday, between 2000 and 2016, Florida's number of privately incarcerated inmates jumped from 3,912 in 2000 to 12,176 in 2016 — a spike of 211 percent."As outlined in the state case studies examining the history of prison privatization in Florida, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina and Texas, those … [Read more...] about Florida’s Private-Prison Population Spiked 211 Percent Since 2000
By Pat Beall, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Inmates called her Red, for the thick auburn hair her beloved older sister once painstakingly curled.Smart as a whip at 9, Donna Pickelsimer was troubled in her teens, struggling with alcohol in her 20s and, at 52 a convict, sentenced to 15 years behind bars. Under the care of Florida’s newly privatized prison health system, she didn’t last four.Handing off prison inmate medical care to for-profit companies was designed to deliver tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer savings beginning in 2012.But for inmates, it has come with cold-blooded consequences, a Palm Beach Post investigation found. Recommended for you Recommended for you Recommended for you Most read 1 Palm Beach County mugshots: Arrest photos from Palm Beach County 2 Miami Dolphins’ Vice Chairman, Matt Higgins, to appear on Shark Tank 3 Miami Dolphins 2018 training camp report: Day 6 updates | The Daily Dolphin Just months after all … [Read more...] about Privatizing prison health care leaves inmates in pain, sometimes dying
Mother Jones illustration; Getty Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. In a theater outside of Miami last month, as a debate between four Democratic candidates for Florida governor approached the two-hour mark, 18-year-old activist ErrDaisha Floyd took the mic and turned the conversation toward a topic close to her heart: private prisons. The companies that run them “provide a direct incentive to contract-holders to ensure and keep large prison populations,” said Floyd, whose uncles have been held in for-profit correctional facilities. Addressing all the candidates, she asked, “Will you pledge not to accept contributions from these groups?” It’s a question more and more Democrats have been confronted with in recent weeks as the Trump administration’s family separation and detention policies draw attention to American prison corporations, which lock up three-quarters of the people detained by … [Read more...] about Thanks to Trump’s Family Separations, Democrats Are in the Hot Seat for Taking Private Prison Cash
Phil Drake Great Falls Tribune Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Jul 29, 2018 From the dome to your home. Ramblings, mutterings, keen observations and things you ought to know out of Helena from the mind of Phil Drake. PRISON TIME EXTENDED: There was some good news coming out of Helena on Wednesday with the governor announcing the state would be able to start reimbursing $45 million taken away from various agencies in the last budget cuts. They call it a “backfill.” Gov. Steve Bullock also announced the state had reached an agreement to renew a contract with CoreCivic to continue running the Crossroads Correctional Center, a for-profit prison in Shelby. The Democratic governor had hoped to end the state’s relationship with CoreCivic, citing philosophical differences over privately run for-profit prisons. It’s a two-year contract, not the 10 years that CoreCivic wanted, the governor said. Also, it’s at the same rate the prison previously had with the … [Read more...] about Montana private prison decision puts governor at odds with ACLU
Florida Gov. Rick Scott delivers the State of the State address in January 2012 in Tallahassee.Chris O'Meara/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. The country’s biggest private prison company may have run afoul of campaign finance law with a donation to Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign for US Senate, a campaign finance watchdog says. GEO Group, which is based in Boca Raton, Florida, operates prisons and immigrant detention centers across the country. The company and its subsidiaries have received $560 million from federal contracts awarded by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since late 2016, according to Open Secrets. During his tenure as governor, Scott has pushed for the expansion of private prisons in Florida; he campaigned on a pledge to drastically slash the state’s corrections budget, in part by transferring inmates to private lockups. And according to Federal Election Commission filings reported this week by … [Read more...] about Rick Scott Is Getting a Boost From a Private Prison Company. Too Bad It Might Be Illegal.