Bryan Groce claims that for-profit pens are the wave of the future. Not hardly. In Kentucky, home of their most recent riot (9/15 in Beattyville), guards are paid $7.67 per hour, according to Steve Owen, CCA spokesman. This year in particular, CCA prisons have been plagued with riots. Their transports in particular have abounded with escapes by dangerous convicts. Public safety takes a back seat to profits, and management can't understand that poor pay equals poor performance, and loss of stock value.
I do have to agree on the pay issue. This is a trend I have noticed to be particularly disturbing. Individuals who work in any correctional institution are paid far too little. This is a true shame and I hope in the future that something can be done to remedy the situation. Until salaries are raised considerably problems will continue to occur. My point in my initial posting was that problems occur in ALL penal institutions and not simply in private ran facilities. Individuals enjoy pointing out the problems of private ran institutions because they are private when in fact state ran facilities have the same issues. That was the point I was making.
The publics certainly have the same problems as the privates. The problem is that the privates seem to have 6% of the prisoners and 60% of the problems.
It's just not CCA. I can't find one outfit that gets it right, not even the ones that aren't listed. This industry is doomed!
Rees, the ex-CCA V.P. who is commissioner of corrections in KY, congratulated CCA on their "fine" handling of the riot. He knows better: It was his own correctional officers who quelled the out-of-control situation in Beattyville, just like CO DOC had to bail out Crowley County CCA. Rees is the Dick Cheney of KY Corrections, still covering for his Halliburton.