Monday, March 26, 2012

COs in PA Oppose Privatization

The union of correctional officers in Pennsylvania came out to a legislative hearing to show support for a bill that would prohibit the state DOC from contracting out health care services to a private company.  The bill has been sponsored by politicians from both sides of the aisle, but primarily those with prisons in their districts.  They understand the potential risk of privatization in the same way as an RN from a state prison does; "It will compromise the safety of staff, inmates, and the communities where inmates return."  In addition endangering public safety, the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Fleck, said he couldn't find any evidence to support the notion that privatizing such services would even save money, which is basically the entire idea behind the governor's proposal to do so.

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