Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Private prisons typically don't hire unionized correctional officers (mainly because they cost more than non-unionized ones). They also tend to fail to conduct thorough background checks on the people they do hire. CCA in particular has hired convicted felons to work in their facilities. While I'm not in favor of discriminating against felons generally in the job market, I can understand not hiring them to work in a correctional setting. Among the crimes some CCA employees were convicted of are battery, receiving stolen goods, and lewd and lascivious battery of a child. But CCA went a step further; they hired someone who had been charged with the manslaughter of a 14-year-old boy to work in a juvenile boot camp. And apparently that's not an isolated incident; Sheriff McKeithen of Panama City, Florida, found that CCA hired "many people with 'felony backgrounds.'"