We could have slipped down this slippery slope with
that proposed CCA private prison,
down to where Casa Grande Arizona is, inviting CCA’s
guards and dogs into our schools to collect our children as
private prison customers.
Sadhbh Walshe wrote for the Guardian 13 December 2012,
Arizona funnels business to CCA through its school-to-prison pipeline:
Casa Grande invited a private prison firm to help make a high-school marijuana bust. Can you spot the conflict of interest?
Drug sweeps of schools are not uncommon occurrences in the recent
past in America, much to the chagrin of civil rights advocates, who
see such sweeps as an efficient means of diverting certain kids to
prison — in some cases, even before they make it to
adolescence, via the much-criticized
What was unusual about this particular raid, however, is that, among
the team of law enforcement personnel and canines put together by
the local Casa Grande police department, there were prison guards
employed by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the
country’s largest for-profit prison company, which owns and operates
several prisons in the area. CCA was also kind enough to provide
their sniffer dogs for the raid.
What’s even more unusual about this is that pretty much nobody in a
position of authority in and around Casa Grande seems to think
there’s anything wrong with that.
That’s where “jobs, jobs, jobs” with no consideration of the consequences
Some jobs are not worth having.
Private prison jobs are among them.
The state of Georgia spends a billion dollars a year locking people up,
many of them for minor drug offenses, and around 85% of them for
What if instead we spent a fraction of that money on drug counselling
and mental health care, and the rest on public education?
Then we’d have healthier people more prepared for real jobs.
PS: Owed to Dante Acevedo.