When it comes to managing prisons, Garner has been controversial due to his belief that prisons should be as they were intended -- houses of punishment. He got rid of the law libraries, the workout/weight facilities, the the TV's, etc. This, coupled with former Gov. Zell Miller's "3 strikes and you are locked up for life" sentencing reform, habitual felons are getting put away in Georga (don't wet the bed, Hampton). Garner and Gov. Barnes are on different pages politcally. The Augusta Chronicle, a left-leaning daily, has been used as the attack machine (contrary to their statement, I haven't seen anything in print showing their support for Garner). In Southern politics, you just don't replace your adversaries. You kick them out, conjure up some dark clouds, and sling some mud. I'll follow this story and keep the thread updated as it develops. GA does need those new facilities. G
Re: The New Corrections Commissioner - Jim Wetherington (paraphrased)
The 61-year-old grandfather of eight said he probably will order an audit of the agency to "see what I'm inheriting," but he already knows he will have to turn his immediate attention to space issues.
"I believe Corrections is full," Wetherington said.
About 3,000 sentenced felons are backed up in county jails waiting for a space in the state system, which already is growing by about 1,700 a month. D.O.C. already has moved inmates into tents in prison recreation yards and into bunks in common areas in cellblocks. The state also is renting space in three private prisons.
Note: Wetherington has served as a police officer in Columbus, Ga, since 1959, including 14 years as Chief of Police.
Due to the ole supply and demand principles, PZN most likely will prevail in GA, IMO. G
Why is there so much talk about CCA and prison guards on this board? I thought PZN was going to become a REIT and most of their income was going to be derived from building prisons and other correctional facilities and leasing them back to whatever governmental agency they are doing business with. I thought PZN would not have anything to do with the management part of the business.
If the above is true, why should CCA's problems reflect negatively on PZN. For instance, Franchise Finance of America builds and leases restaurants. If somebody gets food poisoning at a Wendy's, or Hardees, or a Chili's that was built by FFA, don't blame FFA. They just built the physical plant. They didn't cook the burgers. Please enlighten me.
It's my understanding, when PZN leases from CCA private Opco they are leasing EVERYTHING, building and staff to make it functional as a prison facility. That's why the lease rates are 30%+. It's not just the 11% fixed PROPERTY lease rate.