Last year the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest private prison company, received $74 million of taxpayers’ money to run immigration detention centers. Their largest facility in Lumpkin, Georgia, receives $200 a night for each of the 2,000 detainees it holds, and rakes in yearly profits between $35 million and $50 million.
Prisoners held in this remote facility depend on the prison’s phones to communicate with their lawyers and loved ones. Exploiting inmates’ need, CCA charges detainees here $5 per minute to make phone calls. Yet the prison only pays inmates who work at the facility $1 a day. At that rate, it would take five days to pay for just one minute.
John Kyl, Paul Ryan and other world-class liars often rhapsodize about privatization — of the postal service, transportation systems, prisons and all other entities that aren’t exclusively in the hands of the wealthy. They say the goal is to save us money, not to line their own pockets and enrich their wealthy patrons.
They also insist they’re for job creation. Unfortunately, most of the job openings they seem to have in mind are for prison guards.
Footnote: Yes, some Democrats are just as bad.