Ken’s Comments:

 

It is not surprising that we see so many articles now about private prisons. They were a disaster from the start, and the Obama administration (it sure didn’t take a rocket scientist to see they were a disaster!)  was terminating them, when Trump came in and revived them! Why did Trump do that? Because he doesn’t know or care about government efficiency, and knows even less about justice or fairness. The private prison companies spent hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying and campaign donations … and it worked! 🙁 

Now we see all of these stories recounting the horrors of private prisons! The same horrors which got them nearly banned until Trump intervened.

CoreCivic — previously known as Corrections Corporation of America – is the largest and the WORST private prison company. They changed their name to try to avoid the stigma they had earned, but that’s all they changed!

 

Excerpts from the Articles:

 

In a rare procedural rebuke, state lawmakers delayed reauthorizing the Tennessee Department of Correction amid concerns highlighted in a recently released audit of the state’s largest, privately run prison. Wednesday’s move shows the frustration and concern of both Republican and Democratic lawmakers about the issues raised in the scathing audit concerning Trousdale Turner Correctional Center, operated by CoreCivic, previously known as Corrections Corporation of America.

 

​​​​​​​”Sometimes when you’re in the wrong, you have to take it like a jackass in a hail storm…Department of Correction, you’ve failed in a lot of areas. It’s egregious to the people of Tennessee, to the taxpayers and to the people that are there in the prisons,” said Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, calling for “serious change” in the coming months. “This is a prime example why, constitutionally, the government is responsible to carry out justice…This is proof of what I’ve been saying for years: There’s a problem with a for-profit prison.”

 

Typically, departments are authorized for four years. In theory, not reauthorizing the department would mean at some point in the future the $1 billion department would be dissolved.

Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker and officials from CoreCivic — previously known as Corrections Corporation of America — did not dispute the bulk of the findings. While Parker said the prison and department have improved operations since the facility opened in January 2016, he acknowledged the problems found in the audit are serious.

“If you have a critical post that is not filled…yes, it could jeopardize the security and safety of the facility,” Parker said.

Parker vowed to increase audits at the CoreCivic prison, but he and other department officials demurred on questions about whether CoreCivic had violated the terms of its five-year, $276 million contract at the Trousdale facility.

Sen. Kerry Roberts, R-Springfield, said he’s not advocating to end the contract but the state needs to recognize there is a problem.

“It appears that we have non-performance of a contract,” said Roberts, adding he wants to ensure inmates aren’t punished excessively at Trousdale compared to other facilities.

Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, questioned how CoreCivic could “neglect” what he considered a simple task: providing accurate information to auditors.

While Parker said CoreCivic tried to provide information after auditors visited the prison, an auditor said the comptroller can’t trust the veracity of such documents provided after the fact.

 

 

 

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