We must say ‘No’ to for-profit prisons, by Arnie Alpert - SentinelSource.com: Guest Columnists

We must say ‘No’ to for-profit prisons, by Arnie Alpert

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Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2012 8:15 am

While political attention is focused on the end of a contentious legislative session and the beginning of a busy election season, a momentous decision is being considered behind closed doors in the Department of Administrative Services.

Administrative Services and Department of Corrections staff are reviewing piles of documents from four corporations interested in taking over the state’s prison system and running it for profit. If a contract with one of the private firms emerges in late summer or early fall, only then will policy-makers and citizens get to know the details of a deal with profound implications for public safety, the state budget, job quality, and the constitutional obligation to support the rehabilitation of offenders.

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