Private Prison Corporation Offers To Buy 48 States’ Prisons

3557791151_885f645d7eThis snippet bears repeating: “The company is asking for an assurance that the prison would remain at least 90 percent full.” Via Huffington Post:

A Wall Street giant, Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s largest operator of for-profit prisons, has sent letters recently to 48 states offering to buy up their prisons as a remedy for “challenging corrections budgets.” In exchange, the company is asking for a 20-year management contract, plus an assurance that the prison would remain at least 90 percent full, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Huffington Post.

Corrections Corporation has been a swiftly growing business, with revenues expanding more than fivefold since the mid-1990s. The company capitalized on the expansion of state prison systems in the ’80s and ’90s at the height of the so-called ‘war on drugs’. During the past 10 years, it has found new opportunity in the business of locking up undocumented immigrants, as the federal government has contracted with private companies in an aggressive immigrant-detention campaign.

A series of studies has cast doubt on the private prison industry’s main selling point: efficiency. Research across numerous states has shown that the promised savings from private prisons can be illusory at best. What’s more, many civil liberties advocates question why a profit motive should be tied to incarceration policies, raising concerns that cutting costs could have an adverse effect on public safety.

81 Comments on "Private Prison Corporation Offers To Buy 48 States’ Prisons"

  1. m1kesa1m0ns | Feb 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm |

    what a horrifying concept- an economic incentive to keep prisons at capacity. Any attempt of municipality law enforcement to “help” with that problem ought to be considered collusion and a definite conflict of interest.

    Now, how to figure out how to pressure lawmakers to demand jail time for debt and traffic infractions…

    • In Hungry you get fined (arround five hundred euros) for sleeping in the streets, and you get six months of jail if you fail to pay it. I don´t know if their prison system is private, but the next move for the Corporocracy is clear: lobby for legislation that criminalizes poverty (even more) and privatizes prisons. Add some recesion and unemployment to the mix, and there you go: legal slavery beyond the working market.

      • Eric_D_Read | Feb 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm |

        I can see it now. War on Unemployment will be declared. A zero tolerance policy and “personal responsibility retraining camps” will take over most of the jobs that can’t be outsourced.

        Then they’ll tout the measures effectiveness at stemming illegal immigration.

        •  Five years ago I was able to tell the difference between dystopian fiction and independent journalism. We had so many prophets there´s no excuse for our past blindness or our present stupidity.

      • gwen jackson | Feb 15, 2012 at 9:10 pm |

        There’s no country called Hungry, get away from the keyboard you fucking idiot!

        • My mistake, I meant Hungary, not “Hungry”. Anyway, I think you are overreacting a little.

    • gwen jackson | Feb 15, 2012 at 9:10 pm |

      woops, never mind, i’m a dick, I didn’t read your post all the way before i replied.
      this guy under me is some kind of nut. Just sayin’.

  2. I´m realizing that disinfo has an agenda against Corporate America. If we trust private, for-profit entities our health, education, water treatment, energy supply and so many vital aspects of our lifes, why wouldn´t we trust them for managing our prisons? Instead of disinfo, this site´s name should be CHANGEd to distrust.

    • Implying Corporate America is a good thing and should be trusted

      •  The richest americans are the greatest philantropists, and american corporations are the ones who donate more to the enviromentalist movement and different ONG´s in Africa and worldwide. Make your own conclussions.

        • By far the stupidest thing i have read today. Fucking retard.

          • Thank you for your feedback! I’ll try to improve the intellectual level of my next comments.

          • gwen jackson | Feb 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm |

            OMG that is SO EXACTLY what CleverBot would say!

            Disinfo discussions are being used as a testbed for bots to try to get good enough at conversations to convince people they aren’t talking to a bot! Neato!

            Answer us some more, you crazy bot bastard!

          • This argument is based in another logical fallacy: affirming the consequent ( That CleverBot would say the same that I did, is not proof that I am a bot.
            But I’m happy to see that you are slowly opening yourself to debate with bots, although calling them “crazy bastard” could be seen as unpolite.

        • So what you’re saying is if I murdered you and offered your family a billion dollars in reparations, that would be a good thing?

          •  That’s what I call a rhetorical leap, but yes: you got it right. It wouldn´t be good for my family, though, but it would be quite good for my economy: a billion dollars and no begging relatives, that´s what I call an american dream.

          • A person willing so sacrifice ethical and moral values for the sake of economics.  You are exactly what this world needs more of.

          •  It’s very easy to speak demagogically against corporations, while living in a country built on greed. We are quickly forgetting our traditions and falling into socialism.

          • Atleast your getting paid to troll the internet.

          •  That´s a fallacy: i´m a non-for-profit troll. On a sidenote, i´m homeless and i´m unemployed, so my deffense of capitalism is solely based in ideology: I receive no benefit from it.

          • gwen jackson | Feb 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm |

             lol, seriously, anyone reading these posts needs to try to have a conversation with CleverBot, and then tell me you think this isn’t a chatbot. “homeless, unemployed, receive no benefit from it”–get it?  the bot is telling the truth. I even think the spelling errors are programmed to make it seem more human-like (because who would believe that something that NEVER misspells is human?).
            You’re not being trolled, you’re being CleverBotted.

          • And now you are inviting our readers to chat with a bot? Who is diametrically changing his arguments now?

          •  It’s also very easy to be pro-capitalism when you were born and raised in a country that has spent most of its existence shoving the good side of the ideology down your throat while simultaneously demonizing any different economic ideology

          •  Yes, it is much easier to defend our way of life when you are tought to do so.

          •  If what you said in the bellow comment is true, then I must assume you are trolling.  The excessive amount of homeless people and people who are incarcerated, and other severe social inequalities, is testament to the failures of campitalism

          •  What I said in the commentary below is true, and yes I´m trolling, but I do it from the light side of the Troll.

          • Herbert Ruffles | Feb 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm |

            In spite of your amazing philosophical musings, by the sight of your spelling you seem to be yet another person let down by the American education system. ‘tought’ Ouch!

          • Argentinian education is to be blamed for my spelling. But my ancestors arrived to America in the Mayflower. My great grandfather was from Boston, but had to fly south where the government was friendlier with nazism.

          • Herbert Ruffles | Feb 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm |

            I really don’t care! Go and get some fresh air pal!

          •  No way: this is so much fun.

          • gwen jackson | Feb 15, 2012 at 9:34 pm |

             “amazing philosophical musings”?
            ridiculous, contradictory dicketry…
            tomato, tomato…

        • gwen jackson | Feb 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm |

          Dear Dumbshit,
          They are not donations, they are PAYOFFS.
          And there’s no such thing as conclussion;
          you’re thinking of CONCUSSION, which apparently resulted in your garbled speech and diminished reasoning.

          The Management

    • Water != prisoners. When a corporation runs the water, its profit is made from running the water efficiently. If the CCA’s motive is profit, and they only make a profit when they have incarcerated prisoners, there’s really no incentive to rehabilitate/release anyone. The incentives are all in the wrong direction. That’s why the rest of the civilized world has governments running prisons. 
      Please don’t tell me you are this stupid. 
      Besides, who said that anyone but you trusts private entities with our health and education? It’s becoming quickly apparent to many that we’ve been sold out. 

    • Mr Willow | Feb 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm |

      If we trust private, for-profit entities our health, education, water treatment, energy supply and so many vital aspects of our lifes, why wouldn´t we trust them for managing our prisons?

      I hardly trust them with maintaining a decent phone/cable/internet connection half the time. 

      Why should we trust them with education, let alone anything remotely significant to our survival? (water treatment, healthcare, etc.)

      • Yes! I think for-profit organizations should be kept away not only from anything significant to our survival, but from anything relevant to our lifes. When money making enters the equation, anything else gets distorted.

        • gwen jackson | Feb 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm |

          Oh, now you don’t like corporations, after a few dozen posts about how wonderful capitalism is? Why? Doesn’t some healthcare corporation run whatever state mental hospital you’re visiting us from? Did the mean old floor nurse threaten to turn off the wifi router if you piss your nightgown again?

          • Make up your mind: either I have a mental disorder, I am a chimpanzee or I am a bot, but I can’t be the three things! And, what is the problem if I were any of them? Should we deny freedom of speech to those who suffer mental disorders, those who are animals or artificial intelligences? And what if I piss my nightgown? Should I make poo on it? You probably think that everybody poops and if they don’t they are androids and should be destroyed, like the Black Eyed Pees say:


    • gwen jackson | Feb 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm |

      We’re all realizing that you have an agenda against logic and sanity… and inexplicably, spelling.

      • You are purposely overreading in a paranoid fashion what are only typing or spelling mistakes: nobody can seriously beleive that anyone has an agenda against spelling. You clearly have an agenda against people who suffer mental disorders, monkeys and robots, and you are directing all your efforts towards me. And your continual denial of validity over my arguments is solely based in genetic fallacies (

  3. “The company is asking for an assurance that the prison would remain at least 90 percent full.”

    No fuckin’ problem, bro.

  4. Hadrian999 | Feb 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm |

    this is awful on so many levels, the warehousing of people when left up to the profit margin will lead to spiraling into cost cutting and dehumanizing. on the corrections side of thing from a profit point of view encouraging recidivism and reinforcing antisocial behavior would be good for business

    • What a clinical outlook! You probably also think that the bussines of the pharmaceutical industrie is to keep people sick.

      • Hadrian999 | Feb 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm |

         do you mean cynical? if yes, then yes I’m very cynical, but it usually doesn’t fail me

        • Yes, I meant cynical: and is very sad to read that it is your usual outlook. Capitalism has so many beautifull things…

          • gwen jackson | Feb 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm |

             I think you’re a chimpanzee who’s nearly learned to type, or one of those chat-bot artificial intelligences that seem to make sense sometimes, but mostly just string random words together and then declare themselves to be very clever..
            Don’t get me wrong, typing is impressive for a chimp, but you aren’t fooling anybody. English as a second language is nothing to be ashamed of, especially if your first language was all hoots and grunts, as yours obviously was.

          • What is your problem with chimpanzees and chatbots? Are you against the freedom of speech for antropoids and androids? I never said I’m very clever…, and my first language is castellano or – as you call it – “spanish”.

          • Hobo Deiter | Feb 16, 2012 at 11:05 am |

            TROLL…in the dungeon. Thought you ought to know.

          •  I am aware of my nature, but thank you.

      • You keep trolling people using false equivalencies. Water does not equal healthcare does not equal prisons. You might want to think outside the box a bit.

        • Education, health care, water treatment, energy supply, food growing, etcétera, and prision management are all different things, but are all necesary for a well functioning society. My question is, if we trust corporations to nurture our offspring – mentally and physicaly -, why wouldn´t we trust them to manage our prisons?

          • Who trust corparations to “nurture our offspring- mentally and physicaly.” You probably think that the more money and control you have in this country, the higher your moral value system is. You probably can’t imagine we live in a country controlled by those that mostly care for themselves. Which might make sense to you since America is about you and yours and not about country and man.  So it becomes hard for you to understand that wealth dosen’t mean you have a better value system, work ethic, or social justice.  

          • gwen jackson | Feb 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm |

            It can’t imagine anything because it’s one of those propaganda-bots, albeit a very poorly programmed one (most of them are). Bots can’t ‘imagine’ anything because they possess no imagination and no mind, just circuits and commands.

            See how it consistently makes vague, nonsensical arguments, and consistently changes it’s arguments whenever questioned?
            Disinfo is being used as a test-bed for beta-bots…

          • Now I see you are a bot-hater, and that you want to segregate artificial intelligences. In the name of Data, Andrew and all the androids and ginoids whose actions show more wisdom and compasion than the average human, I beg you to reconsider.
            In what regards to CHANGE in arguments, y follow the teachings of Mitt Romney.

          • jayjay4142 | Feb 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm |

            Do you really think that they are only doing this to manage prisons?  What profit could poosibly be in that for them.  In the state where I reside they already use prisoners to work in certain plants.  They bring them in and pick them up at the end of the day.  Some are being trained to be firefighters.  They do road clean-up and various other jobs .  Unemployment is already high and this will just make it higher and bring wages for the working man down even lower.They will turn prisons into manufacturing plants with free labor.

      •  Funny, tell me, what makes more money, treatment or cures ? How about the pharma company that shut down a production line of adolescent cancer treatment drugs because in their own word ‘It was not profitable enough’ . Does that answer your question. Makes me wonder how many cures they have patents on but are kept in the company vault.

        • Yes, that answers my question in what concerns the pharmaceutical industry, and can be applied to other examples I cited.

  5. The whole war on drugs is complete bullshit. It’s my damn body, not the government’s, not the DEA’s and most definitely a fucking asset for goddamn private prisons to profit

    • gwen jackson | Feb 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm |

       oh dearie, the capitalist cannibals who created the world you live in, and who allow you to continue to exist only so long as it is convenient to them, would strongly disagree.

      • Simiantongue | Feb 16, 2012 at 1:48 am |

         We might as well be blunt, when you say convenient that means profitable.

  6. I would say it is definitely time to storm the Bastille,  if you combine this information with the current activities in prisons system/ litigation arena you have the making of a permanent underclass slave population.  So that if the industrial cannot make the money off of the disenfranchised and hence incarcerated,  they will turn the inmates into commodities – pound of flesh commodity. Burn the prisons down –

    Like I said in regard to another article posted here on my site –

     It is no surprise that the USA has the largest prison population in the world,  because up until this point incarceration has been profitable and it is the chosen way to control the disenfranchised population. These reasons enumerated in the video (Why Are So Many Americans In Prison) and the article are definite reasons (social,  racial,  and the “crime” machine mentality we have,  virtually criminalizing almost anything),  but there is more than this – they are even grooming youth for prison life…

    We now have close to 10,000,000 people either in prison,  parole,  probation,  legal restrictions,  monitoring,  or administrative detention.  It is not a war on crime,  drugs or any other menace,  it is a war against the people. When will we storm the Bastille? It is the nature of capitalism to commodify  everything,  so it can live off of the created product,  prisons and hence the people there are the pound of flesh commodity demand.  So the net will broaden,  and the real line of demarcation is the enfranchised vs. the disenfranchised.

    Step up on the block, body sold to the highest bidder…

    • An army of 10.000.000 people with nothing to lose is a frightening force. Where do I have to sign?

    • gwen jackson | Feb 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm |

       The only hope is a coup by the enlisted ranks of the military. but i don’t expect it. They know they’ve been fucked, but they are brainwashed 6 ways from sunday, so not likely.

      And even if a revolution came, it would only put new tyrants in power, just like every revolution.
      Humans are what they are and they do what they do, it never changes.

  7. So they are forcasting business will be good over the next few years! I think these Private Prison Companies would do themselves alot of good if they paid off a few judges to keep the prisons full of cheap labour. It’s quite practical, and falls in line with “Let Crap all over Humanity” morals of the present day. 

    • gwen jackson | Feb 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm |

      Remember, according to the Patriot Act, we’re ALL potential terrorists who can be held indefinitely without charges now; they’ll have to put us all somewhere, won’t they?
      Also the legislators and judges are allowed to invest in prison corporations, a blatant conflict of interest which encourages them to enact unreasonable (to US, anyway) policies.
      Did you know hedge-funds have no obligation to disclose ANYTHING to the SEC?

      how fucking convenient!

  8. Privatization of prisons is to turn punishment into profit. And since profit makers always seek to expand their markets, this is quite the incentive to criminalize large parts of the population, and a disencouragement to rehabilitate, decriminalize and release men and women already incarcerated.

    You sell Coca Cola? Convince as many people as possible to drink it. You run a hotel? Attract clientele. You run a prison? Attract prisoners: lobby for even tougher laws, criminalize more people, punish ’em harder, forget you ever even heard the word ‘rehabilitation’. 

    This is the wrong way to go about running prisons. The request to be assured that prisons retain at least 90 percent of their maximal capacity perfectly indicates this. Clearer it cannot get: no longer is the abolishment and prevention of crime the ideal aim, but rather the target is now a steady flow of convicts. Imprisonment and monetary benefit simply should not mix. It is warped.

  9. The Dark Lord, Drizzle-J | Feb 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm |


  10. Where can i sign to prevent this from happening? I demand representation!

  11. Scottyj001 | Feb 16, 2012 at 4:25 am |


  12. I now see why people “hate America’s freedom”. It’s because your freedom is of a comparatively shit quality that can be sold for a quick buck.

  13. Amilcar is a bot. Do NOT feed him.
    /over and out
    //commence rickroll

    • Are you a robophobic? What is your problem with bots? We should discuss about ideas, with arguments, not about the nature of the entities that express those ideas, with accusations. Will you reject truth if it comes from an algorithm based in randomness?

  14. Unholy Ghxst | Feb 17, 2012 at 6:01 am |

    I can believe that a corporation wants to buy all the prisons.  Florida is in the process of privatizing all of theirs.

  15. jayjay4142 | Feb 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm |

     Prisoners in many states are working in plants,  manufacturing in prison, telemarketing from prison, my nephew (who is in prison) is working as a firefighter. Just think if they can put enough people in prison and then use them as slave labor , no longer will we be competing with the Chinese we will be competing with prisoners for a job.

  16. I am a nurse and have worked in the medical “industry” and have a son who is incarcerated, and deal with the constant cutting of food costs and medical care of the state run prison system, and the exorbitant costs of getting a phone call from him and buying outrageously priced food in the commissary when I visit him.  Our system is broken, our state is bankrupt, but privatizing the prison system and needing to guarantee so many full beds is pathetic, at best.   So many families can’t afford to visit, or put money on their phones for phone calls, so the chance of recidivism is high, without family support.  So, the private company doesn’t need a guarantee for 90% full beds from the state–they’re already adding to that by making so much money off communication and visits. 
    And the pharmaceutical companies and the food industry have been in bed together for 40 years, starting with processed foods and hormones and antibiotics and moving to chemically altered foods–keep us fat and get us sick, and we’ll all need those high priced drugs.  What a racket!

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