Private prison companies look to Canada as industry faces lawsuits in US, Bilbo Poynter, The Guardian, June 19, 2011
– US states are beginning to rely less on privately run prisons, but Canada may be a land of opportunity for the two biggest firms
“US private prison firms are targeting Canada for fresh opportunities as pressure builds at home on the troubled multi-billion dollar industry from human rights groups and legal actions, and as more states look to scale back their reliance on them.
“Two of the biggest operators in an industry once regarded as recession-proof, Geo Group and Management and Training Corporation (MTC), have been lobbying various government departments in the Canadian capital, Ottawa.
“With a massive prison overhaul plan already underway – as well as the passage in March of Bill C-10, a suite of crime legislation that most observers agree will see more Canadians face prison time and keep those already locked up behind bars for longer – it seems the American industry’s interest in its neighbour to the north could not come at a better time.
“The private industry’s lobbying of Canadian lawmakers has some Canadian prison watchers worried. “There is something unethical with having corporations seeking profits from locking people up,” wrote a group of former high-ranking Canadian justice officials to the Kingston Whig-Standard newspaper in March…”
Private prison companies look to Canada as industry faces lawsuits in US, ProPublica Muckreads
Two of the biggest private prison operators in the United States — GEO Group, Inc. and Management and Training Corporation (MTC) — have been lobbying officials in Canada to expand their footprint in the region.
While both companies have been connected to private prison projects in the country before, the recent lobbying efforts come at an opportune time in light of recent crime legislation in the country that will “see more Canadians face prison time and keep those already locked up behind bars for longer.”
Judge Convicted in Pennsylvania Kids-for-Cash Scheme, Democracy Now, February 2011
“A federal jury has found a former Pennsylvania judge guilty of participating in a so-called “kids for cash” scheme, in which he received money in exchange for sending juvenile offenders to for-profit youth jails over the years. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella, Jr., was convicted Friday of accepting bribes and kickbacks for putting juveniles into detention centers operated by PA Child Care and a sister company, Western Pennsylvania Child Care. Ciavarella and another judge, Michael Conahan, are said to have received $2.6 million for their efforts…”
Prisons, Privatization, Patronage, Paul Krugman, New York Times, June 21, 2012