Monday, March 26, 2012

ALEC/CCA/GEO Group - Target MN Prison System

Two stories in the past day about the American Legislative Exchange Council  – combined with a webpage that I found on ALEC’s website – made me think – I better publish this.

You have this today from the Republic Report – a website worth bookmarking for their coverage of everything!
5. Selling Prisons To The Highest Bidder: ALEC has worked closely with its private prison industry sponsors to increasingly privatize the U.S. prison system. It has also pushed harsh laws related to illegal immigration that would put more immigrants in the jails of the very same private prisons that fund ALEC.

And you have this from the fantastic New York Times Article by Paul Krugman about ALEC

Yet that’s not all; you have to think about the interests of the penal-industrial complex — prison operators, bail-bond companies and more. (The American Bail Coalition has publicly described ALEC as its “life preserver.”) This complex has a financial stake in anything that sends more people into the courts and the prisons, whether it’s exaggerated fear of racial minorities or Arizona’s draconian immigration law, a law that followed an ALEC template almost verbatim.

Think about that: we seem to be turning into a country where crony capitalism doesn’t just waste taxpayer money but warps criminal justice, in which growing incarceration reflects not the need to protect law-abiding citizens but the profits corporations can reap from a larger prison population.

And then you have this – just sitting there – on an ALEC webpage.
I had to ask myself –
why in the hell does ALEC have this on their webpage page?

There is only one answer – they are after Minnesota’s prison system.
They are planning on privatizing the entire Minnesota prison system.

2008 Annual budget   $472,272,000
Four Hundred Seventy Two Million more dollars
–  taken from the taxpayers
–  to be paid to ALEC corporations
–  becauseALEClegislatorscan

Minnesota citizens put on unemployment as CCA and GEO Group privatize the prisons and lay off government workers in the prison system.

More Minnesota citizens losing their jobs and being replaced by prison labor at $1.00 a day.
CCA and GEO Group contracting MInnesota privatized prison labor to other ALEC members so they can increase their profits by NOT having to pay even minimum wage.

Don't kid yourself - there are a shitload of ALEC corporate profit sector members in Minnesota and everyone of them would be licking at the chops to lay off you or your kid or your neighbor - for cheap CCA or GEO Group prison laborers.  It's a proven fact in other states - Minnesota would be no different.
ALEC has probably already made a deal with Corrections Corporation of America(CCA) and GEO Group for the MInnesota prison system.

ALEC, CCA and GEO Group have probably already paid for the Minnesota ALEC legislators vote to privatize/profitize our prisons and the other ALEC state-appointed officials to approve it.

Minnesota – we need to keep an eye on this issue and say NO to ALEC!

Minnesota prisons do not need to be profitized for the sole benefit of ALEC corporate profit sector members.

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