Quick link here to an article very favorable to CCA in regards to their attempts to build a private prison in Maine. Maine has a law that forbids the use of private prisons, but after CCA donated $25,000 to the incoming governor, all of a sudden the administration and some Republican legislators think private prisons are just peachy.
One of the proponents of bringing private prisons to Maine is state Senator Doug Thomas of Milo, the town at the front of the running for a private prison. Unfortunately, however, "Doug Thomas will be the first to admit that he doesn't know much about prisons. But the Ripley Republican...[has] advanced LD 1095 to help the town of Milo attract a private prison to their community."
I feel really bad for Mainers right about now. That's like a poltician saying, ya know, I don't know much about pollution, but sure, go right away and dump that nuclear waste in our water.