Monday, November 2, 2009

Oh I'm sure this couldn't possibly end bad

Oklahoma, in the midst of a huge budget crunch, has decided to reduce its payment to private prison operators CCA and GEO for the next fiscal year, to try to trim some of the shortfall. There were initially discussions of ending the contracts altogether, but of course the private interests would never let that be. However, they found a great solution. The state will just pay the companies less, and the companies will accordingly reduce the services they provide for the time being. Which is great, in an industry already notorious for cutting corners on its services, leading to all sorts of public health and safety problems. I'm curious as to which services they will reduce? Food for the prisoners? Security? How do you reduce services at a prison? You get what you pay for, OK, so don't be surprised when you have a ton of problems at these facilities in the near future

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