Thursday, July 29, 2010

Exploiting Desperate Communities

CCA just jacked up their rate on Chattanooga County, TN.  They are now charging the county $809,000 more than they did last year to run the county workhouse, which unfortunately is pretty typical of private prison companies. They often lowball the rate they'll house prisoners for when initially signing a contract, then jack up the rate every year after that, essentially holding small communities, who have no real viable option other than the private company to operate the facility, so they wind up paying them significantly more than they initially agreed to to house prisoners.  It's a bait-and-switch operation endemic of the industry.

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