As the trend toward privatizing state prison systems continues to skyrocket, Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s largest operator of for-profit prisons, is offering to purchase scores more facilities all across the country provided states will guarantee occupancy rates of at least 90 percent over the next 20 years.
In a letter penned to government officials in at least 48 different states earlier this year, CCA Corrections Director Harley Lappin, formerly the director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, outlined the Nashville-based company’s plan and interest in brokering such a at a grand estimated cost of at least $250 million.
The proposal, further billed as “a new opportunity for federal, state and local governments that are considering the benefits of partnership corrections,” goes on to more or less browbeat state officials into agreeing to its terms as a means of assisting governments in managing “challenging corrections budgets.”
“We believe this comes at a timely and helpful juncture and hope you will share our belief in the benefits of the purchase-and-manage model,” said Lappin.
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