Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Florida's New Prison Bill Goes Down In Flames

A massive expansion of private prisons in Florida collapsed in the Senate Tuesday as nine Republicans joined a dozen Democrats in handing a setback to Senate leaders and a victory to state workers.

As a result, the state will not undertake what would have been the single greatest expansion of prison privatization in U.S. history, affecting 27 prisons and work camps in 18 counties and displacing more than 3,500 correctional officers.

Thank Goodness! This was pushed by the Governor and touted as the "new" way to go regarding imprisoning so called criminals. Except in Florida, the privatization was predicated on the expected "new" criminals that would be coming from the illegal immigrant crackdown. They were counting the money hand over fist. Glad to see that this "plan" died a quick death.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/14/2642075/bill-to-privatize-prisons-dies.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy


Bob said...

Essex County (Newark) NJ contracted with ICE to jail for profit immigrants awaiting disposition of their cases in a private prison. To me, that trading in human flesh.

Carrie said...

Yup. As the saying goes, when money talks, bullshit walks. These private prison operations have been salivating ever since the string of republican governors took office in 2010, at the prospect of getting their feet finally in the door in these states. Pity ....