Friday, January 22, 2010
After CCA tried to strongarm Colorado into raising its per-diem fee for prisoners housed in the Huerfano county (CO) correctional facility, the Colorado legislature smartly ended its contract with the company for that facility. CCA instead turned to Arizona, who promptly shipped a few hundred inmates over at the rate CCA had requested. Now, Arizona, facing its worst budget deficit ever, is likely going to pull all its inmates from that prison, forcing it to close. While I certainly feel bad for the 200-or-so Coloradoans who will lose their jobs, the county should have sought some other means for creating those jobs than bringing a prison to town. But I definitely don't feel bad for CCA. That's what you get.