are not just isolated to privately run institutions. In fact, the latest problems in Texas highlight the case for why governments at federal, state and local levels will continue to accelerate the move to privatization. These things turn into political footballs, something the incumbents of both parties would rather avoid. As the industry evolves, adequate legislative guarantees and insurance will insulate private operators from suits brought by inmate populations, as well as the periodic political inquisitions.
currently in the Texas private prisons are magnified and reported in such a seemingly biased manner as to cause negative public opinion. Reporting of the issues confronting state facillities is done in a manner which results in only "criminals will be criminals" mindset. Now when you mix in some real bonehead actions by the privates then you get a feeding frenzie by the media. Re: earlier posting about shooting ourselves in the foot. Just my opinion of course, but we are not going to see any political footballs until the economy goes south and money ,or the lack of it, will become the focal point. As far as being insulated from lawsuits....you have got to be kidding! "Periotic political inquisitions" would be welcome compared to the assinine harrassment doled out by TDCJ in the name of "audits". Now Ibis, please don't take this personal. It is not meant to belittle your posting...I'm just so frustrated by the way the "system" operates. By the way, TDCJ is once again filled to capacity. Critical need for beds for "special needs" inmates. The last of the billion dollar prison bond construction is about to come on line. There is no more budgeted money for construction, leasing or whatever. The next session is going to be interesting...pay raises for guards etc etc....not to mention public school needs. You got to love it...government in action!!!!