Writings and observations

First take/prisons

The Corrections Corporation of America, which used to run a massive Idaho prison (now under direct state control), is still plenty busy. The Daily Beast today is reporting this: “The latest quarterly finance report from Corrections Corporation of America, a for-profit prison company, indicates that its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to manage a detention center packed with immigrant mothers and children is very helpful to its bottom line. Part of the reason their deal is so lucrative? The public isn’t particularly bothered by it.” The reviews haven’t always been good; at least one federal judge has issued a ruling severely blasting the conditions under which these children are being held. But when so much of the public dialogue is just about getting “them” outta here, more humane thinking tends to go by the boards . . . – rs

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