Case in point, Georgia tried the same thing. The feds stated as long as the private contractor housed federal prisoners it would be out of the hands of the state of Georgia and they would not assume any liability.
Speaking of Georgia, the anti-privatization caravan rolled into Atlanta on Wed. of this week. They were there to voice their concerns about privitization in the state of Georgia. To make a long story short, when they were done. The committee told them they were not concerned with something that happened in Ohio three years ago. They stated that the state governments around the United States had enough problems of their own, and should not be throwing stones at the private industry. The citizens of the two counties that are waiting for the private facilities to open up. McRae, and Lumpkin, were there in force. Their point was simple, first for the state of Georgia to follow up on a promise they made two years ago. That was to CCA and the counties to fill those two prisons up. The counties involved spent approx. 2.1 million dollars to run the electrical, sewer, and water lines to the facility with the promise from the state that the revenues would pay the bills off. So when the state tried to block the Federal inmates from coming in, so they could pressure the company to sell the two prisons to the state the local represenatives and the communities told the state and the import AFL-CIO thugs to butt out. The Represenative that sponsered the bill left half way through the session to go across the street to attend a cookout. Thus the bill will finally die. Just like the one in California will.
I agree with the states that say, the contractors must meet all requirements set forth by the state. They must submit to independant auditors. The training and salaries must be equal. I promote the same accountability. But when a few try to ban private contractors from operating in the states, that will never work. Take Indiana for instance. A few people have tried to ban private contractors from operating in their state. They will be 266 million in the hole this year. At the same time they pass a law banning tobacco products from their facilities. They have fired 175 officiers for bringing the contraband into the facilities. Please mutiply 175 x 30,000+ they have tied up in each officier. They have taken on average up to 6 months of good time from over 1100 inmates. That figures up to a additional 550 years of incarceration time for this group of inmates. Please multply 550 years x the average cost of 15,330.00 a year per inmate. This does not include the cost of up keep or maint. cost of the facilities that keep these folks locked up. By the way Indiana is out of bed space. Mcprison should be posting the news articles from the Macon, and Atlanta papers. If he does not follow through I will. Prisonet tell me does this make any sense to you?
P.S. All three private prisons that are in operation in Georgia have passed all of the states audits with flying colors. They have been in operation approx. 3 years without any major incidents. One is operated by Cornell, the other two by CCA. CCA has another one ready to open up, with one nearing completion. From what I understand the private facilities have a on sight monitor, that generates a daily report. Any issue that is sighted by the monitor must be resolved in 24 hours, and agreed upon by the monitor and the Warden at that facility. Georgia should be a model for other states to look at. I am sure I will be hearing from you soon prisonet.