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  •  How do they guarantee 90% (7+ / 0-)

    occupancy? And what happens if they don't meet that %?

    Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.

    by Renie57 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 04:42:18 PM PDT

    •  Stop and frisk, roadblocks, new laws. (7+ / 0-)

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 04:43:49 PM PDT

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      •  Your saying (5+ / 0-)

        the cops are purposely arresting more people on frivolous charges to fill up these prisons?  Do these charges hold up in court so that people get long prison terms?  This all sounds bizarre; like some third world country b.s.

        Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.

        by Renie57 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 05:44:35 PM PDT

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        •  The law seems to tend towards harsher (6+ / 0-)

          penalties over time; it's almost always good politics to look tough on crime. That's what makes the current push in some states to consider less incarceration so unusual.

          Three strikes laws, for example, in some cases were ridiculously harsh -- in California there was a time when you could get 25 to life for shoplifting, it seems.

          Some unusual scenarios have arisen, particularly in California — the state punished, up until 2011, shoplifting and similar crimes involving under $400 in property as felony petty theft if the person who committed the crime had one prior conviction of any form of theft, including robbery or burglary and who had served time in jail or prison for that offense. (The law was changed in 2011 to require three prior theft related convictions before a petty theft could be charged as a felony.) As a result, some defendants have been given sentences of 25 years to life in prison for such crimes as shoplifting golf clubs (Gary Ewing, previous strikes for burglary and robbery with a knife), or, along with a violent assault, a slice of pepperoni pizza from a group of children (Jerry Dewayne Williams, previous convictions for robbery and attempted robbery, sentence later reduced to six years).[10] In Rummel v. Estelle (1980), the Supreme Court upheld life with possible parole for a third-strike fraud felony in Texas, which arose from a refusal to repay $120.75 paid for air conditioning repair that was subsequently considered unsatisfactory.[11] Rummel was released a few months later, after pleading guilty.[12]

          “Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died.” -- Steven Wright

          by tytalus on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 05:56:43 PM PDT

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    •  They have to divert people from other prisons (6+ / 0-)
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      but mainly the CCA sits down with legislators at an ALEC boardroom and devises laws that virtually guarantee that occupancy rate. Things like eliminating early release for nonviolent offenders, Papers Please, three-strikes laws, and mandatory minimum sentences that remove judicial discretion. This page should give you some idea of the laws ALEC is pushing on behalf of CCA and their ilk.

      Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, remorseless supporter of Walker's recall. Pocan for Congress and Baldwin for Senate!

      by fearlessfred14 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 08:23:34 PM PDT

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    •  One of the ways (1+ / 0-)
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      states determine how many prison beds they will need in the coming years is measuring reading levels among 3rd and 4th grade children. The lower the scores, the more beds they'll need.

      Isn't this ironic - it turns out "No Child Left Behind" and "Race to the Top" are actually gifts to the private prison system.

      Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth. - Lucy Parsons

      by cruz on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 06:11:16 AM PDT

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