First published on WhyIHateCCA
I apologize for falling silent for the past few months. Life caught up with me. Anyway, don’t think I’ve stopped hating on private prisons – far from it. I just haven’t really had the time to write.
But I can’t let a day like today go by without some mention. Today, CCA turns 30. That means for three decades we as a nation (beginning with Tennessee (thanks a lot, Tennessee)) have been bullishly pursuing a failed experiment in which we turn over society’s most vulnerable members to private companies, who systematically fail to live up to their contractual standards, let alone any notion of human decency, in how they operate their facilities. In the process, millions of lives have been impacted, with all but a very few exceptions (the corporate brass) being worse for the wear.
We’ve sold our morality to the lowest bidder, repeatedly, to the tune of BILLIONS of taxpayer (i.e. my and your) dollars every year. Meanwhile, these companies earn hundreds of millions of dollars (again, our money) in profit annually. But even THAT wasn’t enough, because now CCA and the GEO Group are reincorporating as something called Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), which, in a nutshell, is a legal maneuver that will allow them to largely avoid paying taxes.
So CCA, GEO Group, MTC, and everyone else who takes my money to abuse and mistreat people, on the thirtieth anniversary of your despicable existence, here’s a heart-felt
from me to you.