Over the years the for-profit industry has demonstrated that this IS the industry standard. Artificially low wages, save for management, few benefits, poor screening of new employees, lack of training and presence of few long-term employees in a difficult and dangerous job situation are a prescription for chaos. Look at these reported wages for guards: WCC/GEO (New Mexico) $7.95/hr. CiviGenics (Texas) $6.45-$7.25/hr. Cornell (Alaska) $8.50/hr. MTC (California) $8.00/hr.
Anyone got a # for CCA?
On the other hand, look at CEO salaries: GEO/ Zoley $3.8 million (about 225 times that of line employees, compared to 10 times differential in Japanese industry)
Staff turnover, industry nationwide, last reported in '00: 52% per annum