On the “Bright” Side of the Economy

Yes, that was sarcasm in the title.

While other corporations, employers and employees around us lose their heads, look who’s keeping theirs!

“While the nations economy flounders, business is booming for The GEO Group Inc., a private prison firm that is paid millions by the U.S. government to detain undocumented immigrants and other federal inmates.”

Another fine example of how private enterprise in prisons works so well. Well, since business is booming, they must be doing a great job, right?

“In 2007, the firm settled a lawsuit with the family of an inmate for $200,000. LeTisha Tapia, a 23-year-old woman incarcerated at the GE0-owned Val Verde Correction Facility in southern Texas, told her family in July 2004 that she had been raped and beaten after being locked in the same cell block with male inmates. Shortly after, she had hung herself in her cell. The nonprofit Texas Civil Rights Project sued GEO on behalf of Tapias family.”

Obviously that’s only one example. To find more click HERE.

Isn’t it time we admit that business, which must provide services at a competitive prices and therefore cut costs when maybe it’s best not to, is the wrong model for housing those who spend time in our prisons? What’s next, corporations leaving death row inmates in comas because they cut back on either the juice to the chair, or the potency of the needle? Either way, you know, we’ll pay.