Tuesday, August 24, 2010
CCA has announced its intention to seek federal prisoners to be housed in the 3 facilities they operate in Oklahoma, which would displace more than 2,000 Oklahoma inmates, meaning the OK Dept of Corrections would need to magically come up with 2,000 beds to accomodate them. CCA is trying to fill these beds despite the fact that they have open beds in other facilities, because they can get a higher rate from the federal government than the state of Oklahoma is paying them. This doesn't come as much of a surprise to the director of Oklahoma's Department of Corrections, Justin Jones, who said "Their product is the incarceration of criminals and it's a for-profit business." Very true. Well at least taxpayers aren't the only ones screwed over by the private prison industry. You get what you pay for.