The Augusta Chronicle
newspaper has always supported Georgia Corrections
Commissioner Wayne Garner's no-nonsense policies with regard
prison inmates. There's a big perception, though,
that Garner has run
amok with regard to the new
private prison program.
Jenkins County will be
the home of Georgia's sixth private prison. Yet
this prison and two others under construction are not
being built through
would the Nashville-based Corrections Corp. of America
on such a seemingly risky, costly move?
Well, the CCA claims it has an "understanding" with
"the state" (through
Garner?) to fill their three
prisons and recoup their $135 million
guess who is Garner's longtime best friend? Oily
lobbyist Jim Hammock.
Yet Garner claims
he's had no talks with any CCA employee about the
three prisons. (If any discussion has taken place, the
law has been
broken.) State law also requires
that any contract with a private prison
be awarded through a competitive public bidding
Garner is leaving office, so what better time to
ask him and the CCA
what "understanding" there is
to circumvent legal open bidding? Gov. Roy
Barnes says he knows of no such "understanding."
The CCA already holds state contracts for two
prisons, and Hammock
boasts of having powerful friends
in the Democrat-controlled General
does the nation's largest prison-building company
can just get its legislative cronies to
get competitors shoved aside so it can
from running three more prisons?
Garner provide Hammock with secret inmate statistics
indicating a new governor would quickly need three more
prisons in order
to handle an unanticipated inmate
influx due to tightened parole board
An Atlanta newspaper reports Garner called
Hammock 48 times on his
state car phone in the 63
days after the Request for Proposal was issued
the first two prisons CCA built.
before CCA got the contract -- and was a direct
the RFP language. So what other funny
business has a telephone- happy
Garner been up to?
Will he later end up working for CCA?
governor should intervene in what could be the first
scandal on his
watch. If Hammock is successful in
lobbying key lawmakers to
rubberstamp and fund the
three new prisons without competitive bidding
violation of state law, it will make a mockery of Barnes'
Same old Cleo..same old Cleo - finding fault with
everyone else. I'm responsible for her failure to clearly
communicate; Clinton's responsible for all of America's ills
and Doc's responsible for the popularity of anal sex.
(Well. perhaps their's a germ of truth in the
Thanks for putting me in the same analytical
company as LT and Anderson. Actually my talents lie in
other areas but I appreciate
the compliment. I'm
just another shareholder, like you, with a big loss in
PZN. No claim to genius and omniscience like
You take good care Cleo, ya hear
your sentence ends in both a question mark and an
exclamation *point* or *mark* (emphasis mine).
not recall much about it being publicized. Any
I have no idea what you may have been taught, but I
had English teachers who would have torn up a paper
with a sentence ending with both.
this isn't English 101, but do try to be more accurate
in quoting yourself.
If you, as a PZN shareholder, like to be f!@#$ed
in the ass by this management and the "independent"
board, like many CCA and PZN shareholders are, who am I
to tell you NOT!
On the other hand, if you are
real Charlie Thomas, I guess, for
smuckaroos, you would probably do anything, including putting
your own head, where management was getting
And, that is, even though I totally agree with Charlie
on the basic issues of privatization. I just would
prefer, he wrote his opinion in the capacity of a college
prof, not a $3 mill. consultant, as not to taint the
But, then, again, THIS IS the modus operanda of this
company, so you are not really sticking out, like a sore
Also, the mental lethargy, that envelopes this board,
However, this is the same sort of
attitude, that gave this country a Clinton, that created
those monsters in Colorado, that pays some gorilla,
right out of college, who can't pronounce his name, but
can carry a ball, gazillion bucks, that makes Stern
and Geraldo the most popular personalities in the
media, etc., etc.
Maybe, Gary Bauer is right - this
country is in trouble!!!
If you read my post about insider sales
carefully, you would dis-
cover, it ends with a question
mark, not an exlamation sign. I was as surprised by
that Yahoo info, as anybody, and was asking Thread to
comment on it!
As far as my agenda and my integrity is
concern, you can shove your opinion back, where it came
from; where your normally keep your grey matter (or,
whatever passes for it in your case). I have no doubt, you
are one of the same ilk, as those "independent
thinkers", Anderson and LT, i.e. USEFUL IDIOT OR A PAID
(now, this IS an EXCLAMATION sign).
Doc and others bought more in March. PZN has been
tadeing in a box for a while. This stock should start to
move up the letter. Now might be the time to get in. I
have been holding for the end of the rainbow.
Life 95...I can easily understand your harsh
reaction to the inaccurate information (or accurate
disinformation) Cleo pushed out regarding insider selling when
there had been no selling and, instead, there had been
insider buying up to and including this month. Try to
remember that his or her misunderstanding of just about
everything that's happened with PZN for the last year is
really intended to provide a bit of comic relief for
those who do understand. The last thing I and perhaps
some others would want to see would be a reduction in
the number of his or her amusingly inaccurate
postings. And no, Cleo, I am Charlie and not MK.
Shame on you Cleo. It's one thing to argue the
con position - another to lie and mislead. You have
completely discredited yourself and it is clear your agenda
and conscience do not allow for decency.
really must be getting desperate. I wonder what you're
afraid of. What skin is it off your nose if PZN
CCA-managed, PZN-owned contracts/facilities
provide the best margins and are the most sought after
situations. Management only contracts are fine if the numbers
are right, but recent experiences in Texas show that
competition is driving margins down and reducing the number
of opportunities meeting CCA's criteria (also, in
the future that income won't be going to PZN -
although it will allow CCA to pay high rents on PZN owned
facilities). The new opportunity is PZN-owned,
government-managed facilities - something that wasn't available in
the past. That may be where the big money is in the