‘Cost shifts/Privatization’ Category

John Oliver on mass incarceration in the United States
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  • on July 21, 2014 -

John Oliver on mass incarceration in the United States

Click here to watch. John Oliver discusses America’s broken prison system in a hilarious and heartbreaking video. Watch for poignant interaction with Sesame Street characters. Email this page

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Corrections spending proposals reflect major policy choices: Examining the consequences
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  • on May 15, 2014 -

Corrections spending proposals reflect major policy choices: Examining the consequences

TO READ THE FULL REPORT: Corrections spending proposals reflect major policy choices Appendix-Correction budget reflects major policy choices Executive Summary The Citizens Alliance on Prisons & Public Spending (CAPPS) has released Corrections spending reflects major policy choices: Examining the consequences, a white paper examining proposed Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) budgets. The paper examines the […]

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Prison food privatization would eliminate 370 state jobs
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  • on April 29, 2013 -

Prison food privatization would eliminate 370 state jobs

News on the privatization of prison food services from the Lansing State Journal: LANSING — Officials said Tuesday they plan to privatize food service for 45,000 state prisoners, eliminating about 370 state jobs and saving more than $12 million a year. The Department of Corrections will contract with catering giant Aramark in a three-year deal worth […]

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CAPPS’s 5 principles for cutting corrections costs
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  • on April 26, 2013 -

CAPPS’s 5 principles for cutting corrections costs

1. Protect public safety Do not release individual prisoners who present a demonstrable threat to the public in general or to any particular person Provide evidence-based risk reduction programs to prisoners with severe behavioral problems regardless of their security classification Maximize the opportunity to address people’s needs while they are incarcerated Use validated risk assessment tools and […]

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  • on April 17, 2013 -

Michigan lawmakers propose privatizing some prison services

Some legislators want another bite of the privatization apple, according to this recent Detroit News article: By Gary Heinlein, Detroit News Lawmakers last year required the Corrections Department to seek bids on food service, health care and operation of prison stores, where inmates can buy items ranging from toothpaste to TVs. The department earlier this […]

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CAPPS joins groups opposing private prison bill
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CAPPS joins groups opposing private prison bill

Privatization | January 2013 Senate Bill 878, which authorizes the operation of private prisons in Michigan, was signed by Governor Snyder on January 11, 2012, despite serious concerns raised by unions representing corrections employees and advocates for corrections reforms. A private prison near Baldwin that is owned by the Geo Group, based in Florida, is […]

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  • on May 12, 2012 -

Prison management company fined heavily after U.S. probe could get Michigan deal

Privatization | News | May 15, 2012 By Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press Look who could be getting a prison contract in Michigan: LANSING — A private company that a federal investigation found allowed “a cesspool” of conditions to exist at a Mississippi youth prison and that paid a $1.1-million fine for understaffing New Mexico […]

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  • on February 26, 2012 -

Levine: private prison bill has many flaws, questions include cost savings, accountability

Privatization | News | Lansing State Journal guest editorial, February 26, 2012 By Barbara Levine, Executive Director, Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending To reduce the $2 billion budget of the Department of Corrections, the Legislature is considering whether to allow prisons operated by private contractors. Michigan’s only private prison was the Michigan Youth […]

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  • on February 1, 2012 -

Private prisons: The public’s problem, A quality assessment of Arizona’s private prisons

Privatization | Research | February 2012 Published by the American Friends Service Committee, Arizona Program Arizona has enthusiastically embraced prison privatization, with 13% of the state prison population housed in private facilities (the 11th highest percentage in the nation). Motivated by a belief that private enterprise could build and manage prisons safely and at lower […]

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