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 By German Lopez 

 A state audit of the private prison sold by Gov. John Kasich last year found the prison is only meeting 66.7 percent of the state’s standards. The report, released last week, found a total of 47 violations in a northeastern Ohio prison owned by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), which the state government sold to CCA last year as part of a privatization push set out in Ohio’s 2012-13 budget.

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By AP  | December 29, 2011

MARION, Ohio (AP) — David Kah will report to the same job in the same training kitchen at Ohio's 17-year-old state prison in Marion in January — but much about his life will be changed.

Kah (pronounced KAY) is leaving the public payroll and taking a job with Management & Training Corp., the Centerville, Utah-based prison vendor that takes over operation of North Central Correctional Institution on Saturday. The longtime culinary arts instructor, who's 67, says he'll see significant reductions in pay and vacation days, but he's looking forward to the new operator's plans for his program.

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Prison Guards walking the parimeter outside the Florence Federal Prison
Guards walk along the fence at the federal prison in Florence, Colo. Misconduct… (Bob Daemmrich / AFP-Getty Images)

September 29, 2011|By Alexa Vaughn, Washington Bureau

Washington — Arrests of federal prison guards soared nearly 90% over the last decade, possibly because of poor hiring practices during a 25% increase in prison growth, the Justice Department's inspector general reported.

Misconduct investigations doubled, and more than half of the offenses were committed during the officers' first two years on the job. The inspector general recommended that the Federal Bureau of Prisons improve its background investigation of job applicants and find better ways to assess rookie officers. Such arrests have risen 90% over the last decade, according to findings by the Justice Department's inspector general.But other factors have contributed to the problem, including private prisons and increasing numbers of female prisoners and young offenders in federal facilities, the inspector general found.

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Within the next couple of weeks the Arizona Department of Corrections will be recommending the company or companies that will be awarded a contract with the State of Arizona. That private detention corporation(s) will be charged with building a couple of new facilities to house inmates.

Although we’ve seen a decline in crime and a decline in a need for new facilities, the private prison industry continues to expand their operations in Arizona by and through relationships like the one they maintain with Chuck Coughlin who owns and runs High Ground Public Affairs and who in turn lobbies for Corrections Corporation of America. Coughlin, amazingly enough, is Governor Jan Brewer’s top political adviser. Although much of this may be a refresher course for many of you, it’s crucial to set the foundation for those who may not be aware of these very highly publicized facts.

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Friday, 15 July 2011 01:04

3 to bid on five of state's prisons

$6.6M SAVINGS?

Private operators seek to buy, run penal facilities

Saturday, July 2, 2011  03:07 AM

By Alan Johnson

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Ohio taxpayers now know who wants to buy five state prisons, but they won't find out what kind of a deal they're getting until it's done.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction received bid proposals yesterday from three private prison operators, including one where Gary C. Mohr, the state prisons director, previously worked, and another that now runs two state-owned prisons. They are the three largest private prison operators in the U.S.

They are interested in buying and operating one or more of five prisons put up for sale in the new state budget. The two-year, $55.8 billion budget took effect yesterday.

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Sat Jun 25, 2011 at 03:45 PM PDT

by Meteor Blades for Daily Kos



A new report from the reformist Justice Policy Institute concludes that private prison companies have not only benefited from increased incarceration, they have also helped fuel it.

According to Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies, private prisons have increased their "market share" of the overall prison population. While the number of inmates over the past decade has risen 16 percent, the number in private federal facilities has risen 120 percent and the number in state facilities has risen 33 percent. Meanwhile, the two largest private prison operators, Correction Corporations of America and GEO Group (formerly Wackenhut), raked in a combined $2.9 billion in revenue in 2010.

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Friday, 08 July 2011 18:22

Arizona to expand private prisons

 This month, and possibly as early as next week, the Arizona Department of Corrections is expected to recommend what company or companies should be awarded a contract to provide 5,000 new minimum- and medium-security prison beds.

That contract, put out to bid last January, is moving forward even though, after years of steady growth, Arizona's state-prison population has leveled off for the past year and a half - and even though all five bidders have checkered records of managing other private prisons.

Plans to add 5,000 new prison beds first surfaced last year as part of an unprecedented and massive bill legislators passed to privatize the entire state prison system. That ambitious privatization plan fizzled when no corporations showed any interest in a wholesale takeover. The proposal for 5,000 new private-prison beds survived, however.

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| Fri Jun. 3, 2011 6:12 PM PDT

 

Less than a month after retiring from his post as Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Harley G. Lappin has been hired to a top positon at the nation's largest private, for-profit prison contractor, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). In a move that has gone virtually unnoticed by the press except on the business pages, Lappin, who had run the BOP since 2003, has been named CCA's Executive VP and Chief Corrections Officer. According to a company press release, his responsibilities will include "the oversight of facility operations, health services, inmate rehabilitation programs, [and] purchasing."

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By Tom Brown
MIAMI | Thu May 12, 2011 10:57am EDT

(Reuters) - Florida has opened the doors to one of the biggest prison privatization programs in U.S. history, as the cash-strapped state looks to cut the cost of keeping more than 100,000 people behind bars.

The privatization plan, touted by the industry as "an important milestone" for the private prison business, was approved by the Republican-dominated Florida legislature as part of a budget deal hammered out last week.

Private prison operators have already made big inroads in states like Texas and New Mexico. But Florida has the third largest state prison system in the United States, and no other state has sought to privatize so many lock-ups at any one time.

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Prison inmate in orange with hands crossed through prison bars

April 28, 2011 |

Last August, two prisoners escaped from an Arizona penitentiary and fled to New Mexico, where they ambushed a couple, shot them to death, and lit their bodies on fire inside a trailer.

These fugitives didn't escape from just any facility: They were housed in a privately run prison managed by the Utah-based Management Training Corporation. After the incident, a review by the Arizona Department of Corrections concluded that the prison had poorly trained staff and deficient equipment—including a faulty security system that emitted so many false alarms, the prison staff simply ignored it.

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