Thursday, May 20, 2010

Why I Hate CCA Today

The Hawaii legislature recently passed a bill calling for an independent audit of the contract the state has with CCA to house prisoners in Arizona.  Apparently, CCA is intentionally holding Hawaiian prisoners well past their release dates (because they continue to earn money as long as they're in CCA custody).  However, HI's Director of Public Safety is confident no audit is needed because it's already ACA accredited and inspected on a regular basis.  Well apparently he doesn't read much of Why I Hate CCA, because if he did, he'd know that the CCA facility in Hernando County, FL which was ACA accredited and passed all its inspections, was recently determined to need millions of dollars worth of maintenance repairs.  But the real issue is that the audits consist of only a checklist of mostly structural issues, and don't involve any review of the lengths of stay of the prisoners in the facility, which is a big deal considering HI stands to lose about $2,000 per month on every prisoner held past his release date.

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