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Old 09-08-2009, 06:37 AM
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I know this doesn't apply to us...YET....but I like to see the trends, because as soon as Texas runs out of money(our little "nest egg") this will be us.


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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Some states actually shutting down prison units

According to this Wall Street Journal story ("Lights Out at the Penitentiary," Sept. 5) and accompanying graphics, Michigan will close eight prison units because of budget cuts, paroling some prisoners early and moving the rest to other units. The Journal views this as part of a larger trend:
For three decades, state and local governments built and filled jails to make good on promises to get tough on crime. Now, the recession and collapsing budgets are forcing an about face.

Prisons are one of the biggest single line items in many state budgets, in part because nearly five times as many people are now behind bars as in the 1970s. From California to New York, officials are now closing penitentiaries and releasing inmates early. At least 26 states have cut corrections spending in fiscal year 2010, and at least 17 are closing prisons or reducing their inmate populations, according to the Vera Institute on Justice, a criminal-justice reform organization in New York.
IMO prison and jail capacity fundamentally determines incarceration rates. Whenever Legislatures construct more prisons, the justice system fills up however many beds they create. If you build it, they will come. So states actually reducing capacity seems like an extraordinary development, definitely a moment of departure from the last 30 years' carceral trends.

RELATED: From the LA Times, "Cash-strapped states revise laws to get inmates out." MORE: For blog coverage from two states currently cutting prison budgets, see California Corrections Crisis and Think Outside the Cage out of Colorado.

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Let's hope this trend continues!! I know that the City of Lubbock built a for profit jail that is now a money- sucking blackhole because TDCJ stopped leasing beds because of it's population reduction.....I read this on Grits too. I don't feel one bit sorry for Lubbock........they got what they deserved through their own greed and arrogance!! I just hope they've learned their lesson! Who'll be next to get their heads 'chopped off'??......hopefully CCA and Geo Group!!.....andy

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You know, I think the private prisons should go, even if it means selling out to TDCJ.
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Do not know for a fact, just "gossip" but heard that our lovely governor has some ties to private prisons, IF this is true, really don't think they would be on any list to close- -or even cut back- -again, no clue if it is true.
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Well, after Bush and Cheney were out of office, or just before, we heard that CHeney had indictments handed down because of criminal ties to the Texas prison system...what ever happened to that??? I don't doubt that alot of higher up people have ties to the illegal things done in institutions in this state....how does anyone...tdc or not...ever get away with being exempt from osha standards...that just blows my mind.
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Cheney has/ had ties to the Willacy County Detention Center. This is a federal immigration detention center in a corrupt South Texas county. How do I know this? I live in Hidalgo County......the county right next door....in the geographical region known as the Texas Rio Grande Valley. The 'wheels' were 'greased' for Cheney by Eddie Lucio a House Representative for this district....and sadly....a Democrat!! As you can see, corruption 'knows NO boundries', or party lines!! When you're hookin' & crookin' you don't shake hands with the palm to your left.........you shake with your palm facing up towards the sky!!......andy
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Cheney is a major investor in the Vanguard group- prison companies / that has major investments in Prison companies : GEO GROUP(CCA)/ His (then) public office position regulates how much the federal government will pay the prison companies to house inmates (conflict of interest)
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