Duke University has been regarded as one of the nation's finest institutions of higher education for quite awhile. While the General didn't take the time to look at U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the Best Colleges in America in this year's survey, last year's survey (in the 8/31/98 issue) indicates (Page 84) that Duke tied for 6th place with the likes of U. of Pennsylvania and Cal Tech. Only Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Stanford, and Cornell were ranked ahead of Duke among National Universities. Impressive company.
Now we see that one of the editors of the university's newspaper (The Chronical) writes, in an editorial piece,
<< prisoners should not be simply biding there time,>>.
Well, holy jumpin' geehossifat. Here the General thought Duke had a scholastically sharp student body (perhaps, with the exception of those "tech" majors who, "six munths ago coont spel injunear") and now THIS.
The General wouldn't be so critical and condemning of the entire Duke University faculty and administration if one of THEIR students hadn't committed this foul deed.
Your research continues to fascinate me. We can count on you to share with us any negative article regarding CCA/PZN or privatization. Of course, we can find it from other sources, too, such as the AFSCME site or CUSA.
The North Carolina piece was particularly interesting. The writer seems totally out of touch with the corrections climate. Rightly or wrongly, the pendulum has swung away from rehabilitation to warehousing. Society has said get the criminals off the streets, lock 'em up, take away their privileges and don't parole 'em. Hence, privatization, as there weren't and aren't enough beds to hold everyone that "we" want to lock up.
The states get what they pay for, and they know what they pay for. If CCA's management is deficient, the answer is simple - don't renew their contract. Contract renewal is the most powerful incentive to a private company, and I trust CCA is responsive.
What you, and other critics, keep forgetting is that the private facilities are typically new, with new staff. I doubt if their start-up experiences are any worse than newly opened public facilities.