Why is it that so many posters, to include yourself, totally blame the unions for anti-privatization moves. Isn't is possible that a few of us think corrections privatization is just bad public policy. Is any one on this board of the belief that PZN, CCA, etc. are in the business for altruistic reasons? Do you think Doc gives a tinkers damn about recidivism? You don't have to be branded liberal because you don't believe in this type of privatization. Some of it is good in the aftercare, halfway house, transitional treatment center type areas, but warehousing for the sake of providing beds and services is an outrageous solution. No one, including cwt5007, can convince me that in the long run, privateers save the public money. There are no statistics to say this is true. Given cwt5007's proclivity toward the industry, any study he published or will publish is suspect. Hire me and I'll say anything you want. I'll tell the world your the best damn broker in the business. So given the propensity to prevaricate, these private companies will tell you anything.
Look back at serious incidents in the companies and see how many couldn't be reached for comment or it was against corporate policy to comment. If 60 minutes is correct, Doc agreed on two separate occasions to be interviewed and backed out because of pending litigation. If that's the case, he'll never give an interview, period. PZN/CCA doesn't know a thing about good PR. If you take a look at CCA's web site, they tell you how open they are and how quick they respond to media requests. BUNK!!!
Given all of the above, the trend toward privatization is slowing a bit not because of union movements but because of three-piece suited snobs who think they don't have a responsibility to the public.