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  •  The (flawed) logic goes something like this (3+ / 0-)
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    Private industry seeks to make a profit. Governments (usually) contract to the lowest bidder. Therefore the lowest bidder is going to be more fiscally efficient. They will find a way to make a profit while the government spends less money than it otherwise would have.

    The problem is that isn't necessarily true. What usually happens is the lowest bidder moves in and displaces higher paying jobs with a lower number of lower paying jobs (kicking out the union). This in turn depresses the economy in the city/county/state where the prison is located, which (along with the tax breaks given to the private prison contractor) in turn depresses local tax revenues. In addition in order for the private corporation to make a profit they have to fill those prisons. Private jailers have resorted to giving judges kickbacks to give harsh sentences for relatively minor infractions and even send innocent people to prison.

    The only way to minimize the corruption, which in turn saves money, and make sure justice is truly served is to keep prisons out of private hands.

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. -Jimi Hendrix -6.0 -5.33

    by Cali Techie on Thu May 19, 2011 at 03:04:47 AM PDT

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    •  A side effect is that these inmates are now (1+ / 0-)
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      used by Republicans to draw the lines used in redistricting.  They count the inmates as "population" from the census to divert state and federal money from the urban areas to the rural areas by counting the inmate's residence as the district where the prison is located.  This shifts money and political representation from the larger cities with diverse minorities, to smaller rural communities that are predominantly white.  Lots of stories out on the net now about this scheme that the R's used in the 00, 04 and 08 election cycles.  They're doing it again right now...

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Thu May 19, 2011 at 08:37:05 AM PDT

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