Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Otter Creek: How NOT to Run a Prison

Otter Creek Correctional Facility is one of 3 CCA-owned prisons in Kentucky, and has been plagued with all sorts of problems for years, despite the fact that the Kentucky government has an agency specifically dedicated to overseeing private prisons.  Among the myriad issues the prisoners at the facility face are: rampant sexual harassment that resulted in all the female prisoners being removed, a "failure of oversight by the state," double the rate of staff vacancies at state-run prisons, and guards who are paid up to 50% less than at other prisons.  And even though private prisons don't take high-risk, violent, or very ill prisoners, they cost the state as much proportionally as the population they house.  As the author says, "Given that the most expensive inmates - those who are high-risk, sick, or on Death Row - are in state run prisons, [CCA] can't brag about their efficiencies"


  1. So private prisons are highly expensive places where prisoners are baby sat and victimized by those paid to keep them there.

    Then the baby sitters are supposed to be managed by the state, probably by people in their positions due to patronage.

    I think that's about right.

  2. Wish I could have said it so succinctly myself. It makes sense though when you think about it; it's like any other government-supported industry (weapons, defense, oil, etc.) that consistently screws over the American people but continues to operate because of its influence and relationships at the highest levels of government.