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  •  Interesting to see how the For-Pofit Prison (3+ / 0-)
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    Industry reacts to this. The ones I'm aware of demand a high...80%...occupancy contractual agreement with a state.

    They can certainly "create incidents" which will cause deserving people to become ineligible for the program.   They WILL.  Guaranteed.

    The first I heard of For-Profit Prisons was several years back when Richard Cheney was investing his money in them.  That single fact, alone, was enough to prove how despicable such operations are.

    "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

    by 417els on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 04:16:55 PM PDT

    •  Relatively few federal offenders are in (6+ / 0-)

      private prisons - typically 8 - 15% depending on how you count them - and that includes folks in home confinement and nonsecure facilities. Not typically this kind of offender, unless they've already got one foot back in the real world.

      It would only be a threat to the for-profit prison industry if the states were to decide to follow suit of their own accord.

      •  Thanks for pointing this out. (2+ / 0-)
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        Eric Nelson, Villanova Rhodes

        I can't imagine that there isn't a drive to privatize more federal prisons.  It's a mark of the greedy sadistic beasts exemplified by Cheney.

        "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

        by 417els on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 08:00:33 PM PDT

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      •  where are the (cough) prison guard unions on this? (1+ / 0-)
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        Villanova Rhodes

        officially...

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 10:54:50 PM PDT

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        •  I've been wondering that myself since (1+ / 0-)
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          these stories came along. There was a time I would have known, but I don't have those contacts anymore. My hunch is that they support it both officially and unofficially at the numbers likely to be actually affected, because they hate the overcrowding -- it makes their jobs much harder. But if they see it as a prelude to a much larger release program that might be a different story. It's a good question. Probably someone around here has current knowledge.

          •  release program said by some to be a few (1+ / 0-)
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            as a PR move, after all, it's election season...so don't expect massive releases, but those few certainly will be better off, so....

            This machine kills Fascists.

            by KenBee on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 01:32:39 AM PDT

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