California City prison gets federal contract
By DEBBY BADILLO
CALIFORNIA CITY � The Federal Bureau of
Prisons announced Friday it would contract with
Corrections Corporation of America to house criminal aliens
in its 2,304-bed facility near here.
federal contract with CCA to house the inmates at the
California City Correctional Center is worth $529 million at
the end of 10 years. It begins with a base period of
three years, with seven one-year extensions.
Low security, noncitizen criminal inmates could start
arriving in three months, said Federal Bureau of Prisons
spokesman Daniel Dunne. He said it was too early to predict
exactly where inmates would come from, but federal
prisons throughout the country are
News of the contract brought a range of reactions from
officials and residents.
"It's a trip," said Mayor
Larry Adams. "This will definitely change the town for
The prison is currently housing
several hundred inmates for the U.S. Marshal. But the
federal contract may fill the prison to
According to Adams, a prison proponent from the beginning,
several businesses have hinted about coming to town once
the prison opened, including a major supermarket, a
four-screen movie theater and a Sears hardware
While city officials are happy, the idea of having such
a large prison in private hands doesn't sit well
with the state's prison guards.
has proven to be a failure throughout the country,
said Ryan Sherman, a legislative analyst for the state
prison guard union, California Correctional Peace
"(CCA's) record is
deplorable. Not just in terms of escapes, but they're
understaffed, they underpay, and they've been found to have
poor operating conditions," Sherman said.
CCPOA is a powerful lobbying group. Pressure from the
union helped fuel a political backlash against the
private prison in California City that had many onlookers
wondering if the facility would ever hold
Last October, Gov. Gray Davis signed a bill
prohibiting a city or private entity from bringing inmates
into the state without state authorization.
But CCA officials were undaunted, convinced they
would find a market for their prison.
doesn't have any impact on us at all because we're no
longer going after a state contract," said David Myers
at the time the bill was signed. Myers is West Coast
Region President for CCA.
How about this one (article below)? The hard
drives with highly classified nuclear secrets were
founding missing on 5/7/00. Bill Richardson's shameful
Energy Dept, which oversees nuclear weapondry and
secrets, wasn't told until 6/1/00. Just one more example
of the sheer incompetence of the Clinton admin. Bill
Richardson should be fired. He's no better than Hazel
Los Alamos Nuclear Secrets
(AP) - Computer-held nuclear secrets stored in a vault
at the Los Alamos National Laboratory have
disappeared, prompting a top-level investigation, laboratory
and Energy Department officials disclosed Monday.
Officials learned of the missing secrets and other
sensitive material on June 1 and have not ruled out the
possibility that the missing data are related to the forest
fire that threatened the lab and forced its evacuation
since you asked (kind of)...
1) We spend
far too little on defense (approx. $305 billion in
FY01, vs. $350 billion in mid 80s). Big mistake, imo.
We were much safer in the bipolar world (US v. USSR)
of the 80s than we are now.
happening in Iraq, N. Korea, Vietnam, India, and Pakistan
should scare the hell out of everyone.
Reagan was 15 yrs ahead of his time with the concept of
a complete missle shield (aka Star Wars). The idea
should be fully funded,depsite the protestations of the
New York Times.
4) Bill Clinton makes me
sick,as does Al Gore.
5) The federal government
should provide for a strong national defense and nothing
That's all i have to say.
Glad to hear you're not a union
just that your post offering "friendly advice"
a lot like some of those on this board who feel
very threatened by
private enterprise. Add in the
newly created alias and.....
As for North Korea,
go read that
gave you. Take a good
look at what they say about
America and what their
intentions are and ask
why Clinton/Whore gave
them a nuke. Hey,
us too, very openly. Yes, I'm
you're not a Democrat if
you say you're not, but
is just as much for the
pro-union "lurkers" on this
board as anyone else. Maybe
they might like to know
their dues are going and what they're
"While I think that Flipper talks too much
relative to his knowledge - Flip has been on this board
for over a year so I don't know why you think his id
was created recently."
Because I wasn't
talking about Flipper, moron. Maybe you should
some of your wonderful education and re-read that
and read ugadawg's (if, in fact you can read)
post. He was talking to another poster concerning new
alias, not flipper. You say "UGA is a shitty school."
Appearently the one you attended only played football and
wasn't concerned whether its students could read or not.
UGA's academic standards to get in have gone up so much
that 90% of the college prep high school graduates
cannot get in. Of course, if football is your only
criteria, then maybe, just maybe, UGA has dropped a bit.
P.S. I went to Florida State and so did my wife, so I
have no particular affection for UGA other than I am a