Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Privatization Vote in Michigan

The state of Michigan is likely to take up a vote that could send state prisoners to a GEO Group facility in Lake County.  GEO actually had operated the facility as recently as 7 years ago (and have owned it since), but lost its contract after mismanagement, fraud, and failure to perform in accordance with the contract, along with the fact that it was one of the most expensive prisons in the state.  So of course it makes sense to give the prison back to them.  Especially considering the need for prison beds in the state has actually decreased in recent years as they've scaled back the prison population.  As  new report points out, this deal would be a great benefit to the GEO Group, but no one else.

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