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  • dormie18 dormie18 Jun 20, 2009 1:04 AM Flag

    This plays to the strength of GEO

     

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_california_freeing_inmates
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. โ€“ With California slipping into a financial sinkhole, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to save more than $180 million by cutting short the sentences of thousands of immigrants in the state's prisons and turning them over to federal authorities for deportation.

    The idea faces certain hurdles โ€” for one thing, commuting some sentences will require court approval โ€” and immigration authorities warn that a mass release of inmates from California and other states could swamp the federal system, which is already at capacity.

    But Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Lisa Page said: "Every dollar not spent to house an undocumented immigrant inmate is a dollar that can be spent on health care services and education and other important programs to Californians. These inmates are the federal government's responsibility and California taxpayers shouldn't be paying the bill."

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    • Depending on California prisoners is a nightmare. The state is issuing vouchers and drastically cutting back its prison population.

      GEO got a permit to build near its Lawton, OK prison last year and has yet to make any progress on the construction. There are 3,000 empty for-profit prison beds in that state.

      GEO bid to lease a mothballed state prison near Vegas but was turned down.

      In this market, there are no financing schemes that will bail it out.

 
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