Private owned prisons never sounded like a good idea. The fact that a company can make money by the number of people they can keep incarcerated seems like one of those things that will go wrong at any minute.
According to Rolling Out, the prison-industrial complex just might be spinning out of control totally!
The website reports private prisons are attempting to order states to keep beds full or face lawsuits. Private prisons in some states have language in their contracts that state if they fall below a certain percentage of capacity that the states must pay the private prisons millions of dollars, lest they face a lawsuit for millions more.
And guess what? The private prisons, which are holding cash-starved states hostage, are getting away with it, says advocacy group, In the Public Interest.
In the Public Interest has reviewed more than 60 contracts between private prison companies and state and local governments across the country, and found language mentioning “quotas” for prisoners in nearly two-thirds of those contracts reviewed. Those quotas can range from a mandatory occupancy of, for example, 70 percent occupancy in California to up to 100 percent in some prisons in Arizona.
Read more about the private prisons and their attempts to keep a full house here
Source: Rolling Out