Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Damnit, Arizona!

I just don't get it sometimes. Following a multiple-prisoner escape from a private prison in Arizona last year that left an elderly couple dead and sparked a multi-state manhunt, 10 separate bills were introduced in the Arizona legislature that would increase oversight of these notoriously poorly-run facilities.

Not a single effing one of them even got a hearing. NOT EVEN A FUCKING HEARING. They were blocked by, of course, a Republican who thinks they were "unnecessary." How can elected representatives continue to turn a blind eye to the atrocities and failures of the private prison industry? And what makes this situation even worse is that the state is still requesting proposals for more private prison beds.

Since when is it sane to ignore a problem, wait until something major happens, then encourage more of the same?

I hate private prisons, and the stupid goddamn legislators who keep them in business.

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