Private industry transports prisoners, operates prison bank accounts, sells prescription drugs, prepares inmate food, and manages health care, prison phone and computer time. And that's just the start. The money comes from the taxpayer, in state and federal contracts, and the suspects, inmates, and parolees themselves, in fees and add-ons. Those caught in the web represent what marketers would call the ultimate “captive audience”: there is no way to shop around for a better deal.
“We’ve created a system to squeeze everything we can out of people, the vast majority of whom are poor,” said Alex Friedmann, activist and publisher of Prison Legal News.
Activists Want End To For-Profit Prisons. Cashing In On Captive Customers. Corporations Profit From Cruel Illegal Immigrant Detention. On the heels of the U.S.
Department of Justice's (DOJ's) "important and groundbreaking decision" to phase out the use of private prisons, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has just signaled that it may follow in those footsteps—a move that would heed human rights advocates' call for the agency to end "prison profiteers in our inhumane immigration system. " In a statement released Monday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says he asked the Homeland Security Advisory Council to establish a subcommittee tasked with evaluating "whether the immigration detention operations conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] should move in the same direction" as the DOJ, with their findings to be submitted by Nov. 30.
Among those welcoming the news was Human Rights First's Jennifer Quigley, who said, "Private immigration detention facilities are inconsistent with international human rights standards and are largely unnecessary.” For-Profit Idaho Prison: Missing Drugs/Inmate Medical Records. Idaho Correctional Center Earlier this year, the AP reported that the Idaho Department of Corrections would retake control of the state’s largest prison from Corrections Corporation of America amid a “decade of mismanagement and other problems at the facility.”
That transition is now underway. Today, the Associated Press published new complaints by state officials who say CCA’s poor planning and lack of medical care for inmates has produced ‘challenges,’ offering another possible glimpse into how private prisons cut costs and put inmates’ lives at risk. According to the AP: Another problem was missing medical records and evidence that some inmates with chronic illnesses weren’t getting the regular medical care they needed, Evans said.
Officials also said the state had to pay for $100,000 worth of drugs to be overnighted after CCA left without a promised 8-day supply of medication. Like this: Like Loading... Related Prison News Round-up for Oct. 28, 2014 October 28, 2014 July 31, 2014. For-Profit Prisons: Human Beings Are Inventory. ATTN: has a released a new video focused on the rise of private, for-profit prisons.
Yes, there is such a thing; in fact, it's a $70 billion industry and many of the major contractors who oversee these prisons are also publicly traded corporations. Wait, how? States hire these companies because they're cash strapped, and the cost of incarcerating people is not cheap -- between $24,000-$30,000 annually. Private prison companies claim they can house, feed, and monitor inmates more cost effectively than state governments and so there you have it-- they win big contracts. For-Profit Prisons Suing States If Not Kept Full.
The prison-industrial complex is so out of control that private prisons have the sheer audacity to order states to keep beds full or face their wrath with stiff financial penalties, according to reports.
Private prisons in some states have language in their contracts that state if they fall below a certain percentage of capacity that the states must pay the private prisons millions of dollars, lest they face a lawsuit for millions more. And guess what? The private prisons, which are holding cash-starved states hostage, are getting away with it, says advocacy group, In the Public Interest. Homeland Security Using For-Profit Prisons. A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) subcommittee has decided that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should continue contracting with private prison companies, which have come under fire for their incidents of preventable deaths and allegations that detainees are abused and mistreated.
This comes a week after the death of Raquel Calderon de Hildago, a Guatemalan migrant taken into ICE custody on November 23. She is the third person in ICE custody to die since the start of fiscal year 2017 on October 1. Jeff Sessions' Crime Crackdown: More $ For Prison Profiteers. My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation – Mother Jones.
Private Prisons Profit From All Penal Services. Co-Published with Caroline Issacs (American Friends Service Committee) and Southern Center for Human Rights, November 2014.
Sexual Harassment Of Nurse By Guards In Idaho For-Profit Prison. Idaho Correctional Center On February 23rd, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) settled a lawsuit brought by a former nurse at the Idaho Correctional Center (ICC) named Michelle Pierce, who claimed she had been fired in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment and abuse by her colleagues.
The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Pierce’s disturbing story is one of several to have come out in the wake of Idaho’s decision to take back control of the facility last year. Under CCA’s watch, ICC was nicknamed “gladiator school” for its high levels of violence. When Idaho began the process of transitioning the facility back to the state last year, investigators and three whistleblowers revealed that IDOC employees had potentially manipulated prisoner medical records to cover up neglect and mismanagement that took place while it was still under CCA’s control.
Pierce was hired as a Licensed Practical Nurse at ICC in 2012 when CCA was running the facility. Stop The Treatment Industrial Complex. The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration.
For nearly 40 years, the prison-industrial complex expanded without interruption and nearly every social problem in America was met with a hammer. Homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction and violent crime all carried criminal penalties and lengthy sentences. Both political parties supported it, companies profited from it, and entire towns built their economies on the back of it. Recently, however, the political and economic coalition that created mass incarceration has come under pressure. In 2014, 30 states passed laws aimed to reduce their prison populations. True Cost Of Private Prisons. Why the Private Prison Industry is About so Much More Than Prisons David Dayen owhere has the outsourcing of public functions to private companies been more systematic than in the criminal justice system.
It’s so pervasive that the phrase we use to describe the industry – “private prison companies” – is far too limiting to accurately depict the situation. Why Capitalists Love Mass Incarceration.