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FBI Investigates Private Prison Nicknamed "Gladiator School"

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

In what is one of the most disturbing private prison stories you’ll ever hear, a facility in Idaho run by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) in under investigation by the FBI due to claims it was so violent inmates called it “Gladiator School.” So how does a prison transform into such a place? Apparently, CCA was so eager to cut costs that it chose to understaff the facility and hand over control to prison gangs.

I’ve covered private prisons on many occasions in the past, including this CCA facility in particular. I think private prisons are one of the worst ideas possible in a democratic society. I suggest you read some of my prior articles:

A Deep Look into the Shady World of the Private Prison Industry

Idaho Dumps Private Prison Company Due to “Violence, Understaffing and Over-billing”

America in 2013: Florida Football Stadium Named After a Private Prison Company

America in 2013: For-Profit Prisons Get Favorable Tax Breaks

Now from the AP:

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The FBI has launched an investigation of the Corrections Corporation of America over the company’s running of an Idaho prison with a reputation so violent that inmates dubbed it “Gladiator School.”


The Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA has operated Idaho’s largest prison for more than a decade, but last year, CCA officials acknowledged it had understaffed the Idaho Correctional Center by thousands of hours in violation of the state contract. CCA also said employees falsified reports to cover up the vacancies. The announcement came after an Associated Press investigation showed CCA sometimes listed guards as working 48 hours straight to meet minimum staffing requirements.


“The FBI is investigating CCA and looking at whether various federal fraud statutes were violated and possibly other federal statutes connected with the fraud,” Olson said. “They will be working in close consultation with our office. Beyond that I can’t comment.”


The understaffing has been the subject of federal lawsuits and a contempt of court action against CCA. The ACLU sued on behalf of inmates at the Idaho Correctional Center in 2010, saying the facility was so violent that inmates called it “Gladiator School” and that understaffing contributed to the high levels of violence there.


In 2012, a Boise law firm sued on behalf of inmates contending that CCA had ceded control to prison gangs so that they could understaff the prison and save money on employee wages, and that the understaffing led to an attack by one prison gang on another group of inmates that left some of them badly injured.


The Department of Justice requested a copy of a forensic audit done for the Idaho Department of Correction earlier this year. That audit showed that CCA understaffed the prison by as much as 26,000 hours in 2012 alone; CCA is strongly contesting those findings. CCA’s Owen has said the company believes the audit overestimates the staffing issues by more than a third.


CCA’s contract with Idaho was worth about $29 million a year. In February the company agreed to pay Idaho $1 million to settle the understaffing claims.

Sound like a JP Morgan type settlement.

Full article here.


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Mon, 03/10/2014 - 15:58 | 4531691 Hayabusa
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If Russel Crowe ever gets locked up there he'll rule the roost!

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:08 | 4531751 Sudden Debt
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Russel Crowe, Steven Seagul and that guy who's tears cure cancer! All in one prison!

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:11 | 4531777 johnQpublic
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can we send a prison compay to jail?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:22 | 4531818 jaap
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Brought to you by.....

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:48 | 4531968 Rick Blaine
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Escape from New York (I won't disgrace the original by even mentioning the sequel)

No Escape

The Running Man

Death Race

...take your pick.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:04 | 4532013 Stackers
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If you're wondering where CCA got the idea they probably looked into how the US Gov ran it's WW-II prison of war camps here....... see above arctl for that description

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:14 | 4532053 ParkAveFlasher
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What really surprises me is that the inmates, by all measurable KPIs, weren't reported to run the thing better than any bureaucracy possibly could.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:47 | 4532452 gafgroocK
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Two men enter, one man leave! Thunderdome!!

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 20:32 | 4532801 The Alarmist
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To put it in the words of the inestimable Max Keiser, "Casino Gulag!"

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 19:51 | 4532644 A Nanny Moose
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"If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They'll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads." ~ IKE

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 21:41 | 4533083 medium giraffe
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"Without further ado....."

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:19 | 4531832 Frank N. Beans
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can we send banksters to this prison?


Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:35 | 4531913 rlouis
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I'm curious JQ Public; sometimes, recently, the vote counting device stops working, or shows an error message.  I wonder how many people would have up-voted your post.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 20:27 | 4532782 Tall Tom
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Are you here searching for "validation" and "Social Approval"? Aren't you well grounded in you own beliefs and assessments?


Now that is fuckin' hilarious. LMAO.


Downvote this you God Damned Socialists.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 20:33 | 4532807 The Alarmist
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"Can we send banksters to this prison?"

You clearly need to be sent to the re-education camp, serf.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:53 | 4532470 RaceToTheBottom
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Next time they come out to Jackson Hole, divert the plane

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:39 | 4531931 Drachma
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Yes, a special jail for criminal prison companies, run by a special prison company, which happens to be a wholly owned subsidiary of the prison company going to jail. Interesting hedging strategy, wouldn't you say?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 20:35 | 4532802 Tall Tom
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DO NOT FIX THAT PRISON. Then send all of the executives to that prison so that they will know just how it feels and know what they have done....for a profit.


That would be the epitome of "Just desserts." Do not hold your breath as it will not happen.


Fuck them. If justice is not served on earth then they will experience it in Hellfire.


I hope they like being buttfucked by Satan.


There is a God...that so many here mock. You will be surprised and it will not be pleasurable. Of that I am certain.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 21:57 | 4533132 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Anyone ever consider that perhaps there are too many laws?

I guess that's just life in the land of the banned.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 02:23 | 4533640 zhandax
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Anyone here ever not consider there are too many laws?  Natural consequence of allowing Rupert Murdock and friends to control the 'media', whose first demand at any national discomfort is to cry for congress to 'do something'.  All that 'doing something' by a collection of paid corporate stooges culminates in the cluster-fuck we see today.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 23:18 | 4533407 TruthHunter
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The Supreme Court said corporations were people. Some need "capital" punishment.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 02:29 | 4533646 zhandax
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Most of them owned by more than a dozen people need "capital" punishment.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:10 | 4531763 Gert_B_Frobe
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Mon, 03/10/2014 - 20:34 | 4532816 The Alarmist
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Uh, OK, I'll up-arrow you for being to the point.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:11 | 4531775 rucunus
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my guess is poor russell's forehead wouldn't leave the ground much...

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:12 | 4531782 DoChenRollingBearing
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CCA as*h*les should have all of their contracts yanked.  Yes, prisons are mostly for BAD people, they should not be cushy Motel 6´s.  Prisoners, even the bad ones, have some of the Divine within.  They are people too.

"Gladiator Schools" should be voluntary only.  Some people just like to fight, so those people should have the right to go (or be sent) to places where they can slug it out.  In a way, a place for those criminals behind bars to have their own fighting rings amy not be such a bad thing: Darwinian evolution.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:15 | 4531809 Overfed
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Privatized for-profit-prisons are one of the biggest abominations ever foisted on us by our sociopathic "reperesentatives".

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:20 | 4531842 El Vaquero
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Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:52 | 4532465 N2OJoe
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I'm all for that, DCRB, as long we don't give them medical treatment on my dime...

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 20:57 | 4532927 Tall Tom
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You are right. We need to torture them. Those Drug Users are less than human. (I hope it happens to your kids.)

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 21:18 | 4533019 New_Meat
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here in the commonwealth, we are compelled to give a wife-murder a "chopadickoffame" operation.

In any sane society, that would be an offense v. the 8th Amendmend wrt cruel and unusual.

Here, it is a mercy (on the taxpayer's dime), not cruel and while very unusual, the court voyeurs enjoy.

- Ned

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:57 | 4531997 SubjectivObject
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The whole police and prison complex is Monsters Inc.

I vote we send the monsters who vote their funding to spend more than a little time in their privatized creation.

Plus when the apathetic sheepschitts conveniently ignore that their government or government sanctioned entities break the laws without the consequence of justice, then they sheepschitts are acessory to the crimes and increase their liklihood to be victims of the crimes.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:33 | 4532129 Tim_
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Next they will privatize the police force.

Minnesota town to replace police with private security force

"The central Minnesota town of Foley tried having its own police department and contracting with the county sheriff's department for law enforcement."

"Starting in January, it plans to employ a private security company to patrol its streets."

"Firman said an entirely private security force is a new approach, and his organization hasn't gotten many calls from communities considering the idea."

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:04 | 4532278 cougar_w
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Good jobs for all the guys coming back PTSD'ed from Islamistan.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 20:08 | 4532725 Dr. Sandi
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There's a new sheriff in town and his name is Mall Cop.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:44 | 4532192 Tim_
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Despite Red Flags About Judges, a Kickback Scheme Flourished

"In what authorities are calling the biggest legal scandal in state history, the two judges pleaded guilty to tax evasion and wire fraud in a scheme that involved sending thousands of juveniles to two private detention centers in exchange for $2.6 million in kickbacks."

"On Thursday, the State Supreme Court ordered that the records be cleaned for hundreds of the 2,500 or so juveniles sentenced by Judge Ciavarella, and in the coming weeks, the two judges will be sentenced, under a plea agreement, to more than seven years in prison."

"The county had a conviction rate for young people that was ten times higher than that of the rest of Pennsylvania" (Source).

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 19:54 | 4532664 Offthebeach
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"The State of California 9 billion dollar a year fail racket

""""Ms. Petersilia explains, “The formula is simple: more prisoners lead to more prisons; more prisons require more guards; more guards means more dues-paying members and fund-raising capability; and fund-raising, of course, translates into political influence.”

Everything is for profit. Non-profit is a lie. Nothing gets done with out cash. Hard cold cash.


Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:29 | 4531893 BigJim
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 Yes, prisons are mostly for BAD people

My understanding is most people in prison are there for victimless crimes like marijuana possession. 

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:30 | 4531901 LFMayor
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They're all innocent.  I mean come on, all you have to do is ask them. 

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:43 | 4531945 El Vaquero
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And how many of the people convicted for murder, who actually did commit that murder are in there because they were one thug shooting another thug over who gets to sell that marijuana on a particular street?  That's not even getting into innocent people getting convicted or taking a plea deal because a heavy handed prosecutor charged them with 5 felonies to get a plea deal for a lesser felony or a misdemeanor. 

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:25 | 4532090 Nehweh Gahnin
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The only thugs in Idaho shooting other people over MJ are cops.  They don't go to prison.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:12 | 4532048 SmackDaddy
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Not really.  They lock 'em up on the MJ charge when they cant prove the violent felony...

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 21:02 | 4532958 Tall Tom
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If they cannot prove the violent felony then there is supposed to be a presumption of innocense until PROVEN GUILTY BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT.


Go get them you Fascist SOCIALIST PIG. Your Red Skirt is showing.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:06 | 4532024 kchrisc
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"Yes, prisons are mostly for BAD people..."

Correction: Mostly for people seized in the DC US' civil war against the American people, commonly called "The war on drugs." Also for anyone else that shows less than loyalty to the criminal pols, crats and banksters. Just unlocking one's phone and can get that person a 5 years trip to one of the DC US' gulags.


"My guillotine is open source."

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:21 | 4532078 Nehweh Gahnin
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Hurr in Ahdaho, we sends our dope smokers to Gald ... glatiad ... that prison up yonder, to toughen 'em up.

-- Gov. Butch (Sof Porn) Otter

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:46 | 4532450 Double.Eagle.Gold
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Motel 6's are hell-holes, I'd prefer a nice clean comfy Federal hotel which now includes free Health care.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 20:52 | 4532909 Tall Tom
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Yes, prisons are mostly for BAD people, they should not be cushy Motel 6´s.  Prisoners, even the bad ones, have some of the Divine within.  They are people too.


Yes I agree. The 80% incarcerated population in Prisons for DRUG CRIMES are really bad, DCRB. They are so terrible. They need to be waterboarded daily.


"Gladiator Schools" should be voluntary only.  Some people just like to fight, so those people should have the right to go (or be sent) to places where they can slug it out.  In a way, a place for those criminals behind bars to have their own fighting rings amy not be such a bad thing: Darwinian evolution.


Yeah I must agree with this too. In that way, when the meanest and most evil prisoners are released then they can victimize the rest of us. And it will be only the Fittest which survive. (Let me tell you a little secret...Did you know that they actually release Felons in society???)


Hopefully they can victimize your kids. I agree with you 100%. Let's fuck up anything that is of any value.


I am so glad that you thought that through.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 21:35 | 4533065 ImReady
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Let me guess...Cop or Prison guard?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:23 | 4531853 SilverRhino
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And apparently everyone who was ever sent there was convicted of using the banned term .... 


Mon, 03/10/2014 - 19:02 | 4532501 villainvomit
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If villainvomit pulled any weight, there would be pay per view fights every Sat night to pay for the prison system and villainvomit's social security that will never materialize.

Yep, fight to the death.  And in the main event, I would put in a Corzine here and a Holder get the picture.  Damn, Killory would be a good draw....probably fifty bucks a head. 

Now that's change I can believe right there !!

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 05:35 | 4537687 Kobe Beef
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Boyka! Boyka! Boyka!

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 15:59 | 4531696 Jumbotron
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It's a corruption double penetration.

Leave it to the Feds to overspend, mismanage and rot with graft.

Leave it to the Corps to underspend, mismanage and rot with graft.

"Meet the New Boss.....same as the Old Boss"

Welcome to Prison Planet.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:22 | 4531850 Bangin7GramRocks
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Big difference is the layer of vice presidents and CEO who take about $50 million off the top. There goes the private "efficiencies".

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:41 | 4531939 NOTaREALmerican
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Re: There goes the private "efficiencies".

Or There ARE the private "efficiencies".

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 15:59 | 4531699 ebworthen
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Welcome to the New Rome.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:07 | 4531746 Sudden Debt
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Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:08 | 4531753 Unprepared
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Or Olympia: in the category of bareback Ethiopian Wrestling

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 19:58 | 4532681 Offthebeach
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Tony Curtis is asked if he likes snails.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:08 | 4531755 McMolotov
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"Are you not entertained?!"

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:12 | 4531786 Unprepared
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<suspense>... "thumb down"

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:39 | 4531932 DosZap
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Or, more lies(obfuscation) and actually is a Blk Ops deal training these monsters for when the doors open.Think of the havoc they will wreak on the GP.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 15:59 | 4531701 duo
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The first rule of Gladiator School is never talk about Gladiator School

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:04 | 4531724 fonzannoon
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win the crowd and you still won't win your freedom.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:07 | 4531747 Hayabusa
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Attempt to win the crowd and you'll branded a "terrorist" and promptly executed.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:11 | 4531774 DeadFred
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CCA stock is down over 10% YOY, they aren't holding up their end of the Wall Street Ponzi schem so they need to be punished!

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:57 | 4532489 RaceToTheBottom
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or promoted to the CIA where they will form team building relationships with the terrorist orgns

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:37 | 4531923 A Lunatic
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Drop the soap, win the crowd.......

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:23 | 4532085 Uncle Remus
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No more bubbles.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:06 | 4531737 Sudden Debt
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I've heard of a gladiator who won his freedom when Emperor Obama was at the games. The fight of 100 gladiators where only one may live it was called...

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:00 | 4532006 SubjectivObject
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The 1% Solution.

After a time, only the rich have a cash flow.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:33 | 4531911 Hovel Downs
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Who you callin bitch...beeatch

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:00 | 4531704 NOTaREALmerican
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Nothin' says Merica like "Private Prison". 

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:59 | 4532002 Jumbotron
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With Blackwater as the standing army.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:58 | 4532493 RaceToTheBottom
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Whats that?  Another phrase for citizenship?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:03 | 4531708 Cognitive Dissonance
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You mean a corporate 'citizen' would lie in order to increase profits? Say it ain't so Corporate America, say it ain't so.

<Bet they get slapped on the hand, then given more (paying) prisoners to guard as punishment.>

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:14 | 4531803 DoChenRollingBearing
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Everyone in that chain of command from whatever CCA types at the prison allt he way to the top should be sent to prison.  Preferably a Gladiator School.

An example for the rest.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 21:11 | 4532990 Tall Tom
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Yeah. After they are released they can fuck you up. I agree. Gladiator School. Yeah. We need angry, violent and revenge motivated people walking our streets as predators. Go boy...go get them.


(I am giving you Green Arrows. I like your plan.)

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:14 | 4531804 NOTaREALmerican
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Free Dick Fuld!

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:06 | 4531720 Mi Naem
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I know it's a pipe dream, but wouldn't real justice lend itself to incarcerating the offending characters in their own hell hole? 

Feed them to the beasts with a promise that future offenders would be similarly treated, and not just the privatized wardens. 

Then we'd see real reform - humane, clean, secure, and some semblance of dignity. 

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:11 | 4532046 SubjectivObject
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Let me guess.

You're a prison Warden talking his book, right?

You're paid not to see that the culture of violence that brought them there will only maintain them as violent there without end.  But that's what you really want.  And you want citizens to acquiesse to the monster protocol and endorse funding for it.  Monsters is as monsters does.

I don't particularly like this monsterous behaviour done in my name, no mater who the incarcerated monster is.  Restrain/isolate the violent incarcerated as needed to ensure the safety of others, and let it go at that. 

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 19:13 | 4532540 Mi Naem
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You're not much at guessing who other folks are, nor what they want. 

What I want is proportionate accountability with, among other things like justice, the goal of changing systemic (mis)behavior and reducing recidivism.  If you have a problem with that then you've overthought it, again. 

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 20:52 | 4532899 messymerry
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For this to work, we would have to make the internal workings of the prisons public.  Ain't gonna happen dudeski.  The prisons will remain black boxs at all costs...

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:03 | 4531721 rtalcott
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We are going to hear some very creative stories attempting to explain this behavior.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:06 | 4531741 IBelieveInMagic
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Thanks Mike for doggedly covering this disturbing trend! What with the profit motive, it is not surprising this country has the highest prisoner to population ratio! Despicable.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:04 | 4531725 Cangaroo.TNT
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What's the big deal?  Chicago Public Schools does the same thing.  They're saving a bundle on pension costs.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:04 | 4531726 Sudden Debt
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Hoolywood invented it...
America really is worse than a third world country now...

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:05 | 4531732 Grande Tetons
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I hope my kid can go to a division 1 CCA school. Maybe, the PAC PEN. 

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:05 | 4531734 Kirk2NCC1701
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Feudalism 2.0.  Not fascism.  Like I've been saying for a long time.

Fascists don't have multi-generational plans (of any consequence).  Feudal lords and kings do.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:12 | 4531789 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  Feudal lords and kings do.

Yeah,  that's a good point.  

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:10 | 4532307 cougar_w
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Most people don't know this but Fascism needs a functioning -- if outraged -- middleclass to get any ignition. Without that you go straight to kings and emperors.

It's fine. With a king and nobility you have a lot fewer heads to off.

However the actual serfdom can be tedious.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:06 | 4531735 Yoki
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" In 2012, a Boise law firm sued on behalf of inmates contending that CCA had ceded control to prison gangs"

Isn't this how Democracy works?

Let the weak die, now even prisons can't have Democracy... oh wait, that is just setting a stage for "comming to near you"

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:06 | 4531738 Hangfire
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When I grow up I want to go to Gladiator School...or Bovine Univerisity, definitely one of the two.  

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:14 | 4531798 johnQpublic
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when i grow up, i want to be a fire truck or a bear.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:24 | 4531860 LetThemEatRand
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Don't be a bear.  You'll be burned every time by the Yellen.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:06 | 4531740 CrimsonAvenger
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The best folk are prison folk.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:16 | 4531810 johnQpublic
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near as i can tell, from visiting someone in prison, i am glad there are plenty of prisons.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:06 | 4531743 alien-IQ
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It's not as if they just found out about this. Here's an AP story about the same place...even with the same title "Gladiator School". The report is from Nov. 30, 2010:

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:07 | 4531748 economessed
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So by my math, 26,000 hours of understaffing is like 13 employees.  While I don't know how large this prison is, it seems odd that 13 people make the difference between cuddle-bunny day care and gladiator school.

Me thinks that CCA missed a big revenue opportunity here.  If the fighting is that ferocious, there is a TV market for it, and where the cameras go so does the money.


Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:15 | 4531795 Hayabusa
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Sooo, what are you saying... turn em all loose on each other and film every bit of it only keeping the "most exciting" footage to air on TV and profit from?  Sort of like the Hunger Games but with lotsa tattoos and makeshift weapons.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:17 | 4531815 johnQpublic
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no dude


but with shanks

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:35 | 4531919 superflex
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Sorta like crack baby basketball

Betcha these CCA folks have a hot tub filled with KFC gravy and prefered seating at Denny's too.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:10 | 4531773 Cangaroo.TNT
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“The FBI is investigating CCA and looking at whether various federal fraud statutes were violated and possibly other federal statutes connected with the fraud,” Olson said.



We have like a bazillion pages of federal statutes.  You think they can find 1 or 2 that were violated?  Allow me to translate:

They're in the back room counting up the bribes and seeing if it's enough to make this go away.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:13 | 4532318 cougar_w
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And -- you just gave me some great material for a chapter.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:12 | 4531790 Brokenarrow
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The real "Gladiator School" is a federal prison in El Reno, OK. This is where Timothy Mc Veigh was held. It's a place where young bank robbers are doing life with no parole. Bad, bad, bad boys........! No "I didn't steal the JZ shirt!"

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:15 | 4531792 cbaba
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26000/40 hrs per week = 650 weeks, there is 52 weeks in a year , if they work 50 weeks per year and take two weeks off then one guard works 50 weeks in a year >> 650 /50 = 13 guards

That means 13 guards were missing in a single facility for 1 year long in 2012 only.. Thats a lot of money saved for CCA.. If they pay $70K for a Guard then 13x$70,000 = $910,000 almost 1 million dollar profit per year.


Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:20 | 4531841 Agstacker
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Wow, that's almost exaclty what the CEO got paid!

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:24 | 4531863 El Vaquero
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It's not just that, but I would be that they don't hire the most competent people at that facility.  I know the private prison in my neck of the woods hired a cousin of mine, AFTER he was discharged from the Army under section 8, and with good reason.  He's mellowed a lot, but I still wouldn't trust him in that position. 

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:16 | 4532329 cougar_w
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Think about it a second. Probably a great place for him though.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:14 | 4531800 Joebloinvestor
Tue, 03/11/2014 - 08:09 | 4533850 Hayabusa
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To:  Joeblowinvestor


I hadn't seen that article on the corrupt judge before... thanks for sharing.  Sending this corrupt judge off to Gladiator School would

be a pleasure.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:22 | 4531848 El Vaquero
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Great.  The corrupt FBI is going to investigate the corrupt private prison system.  If I hold my breath waiting for real meaningful change to come as a result, how many times will I pass out and how much brain damage will I suffer?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:31 | 4531905 Bastiat
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The FBI will do a great job -- once word is passed down on what the result of the investigation will be.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:41 | 4531940 A Lunatic
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They will find that not enough white people were beaten to death and make the necessary corrections........

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:46 | 4531961 StychoKiller
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"I don't suffer from mental illness, I enjoy every minute!"

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:27 | 4531876 farmboy
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outsource that to Russia ,they make a handsome profit and inmates will appreciate the nice life in the USA.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:28 | 4531881 rum_runner
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I used to think the future might look like Mad Max but in reality the present does for some Americans.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:28 | 4531885 RockRiver
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Is this where Snake Plisskin ended up?


Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:30 | 4531895 madcows
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probably no different than today's public schools.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:32 | 4531908 Bill D. Cat
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I thought you weren't supposed to talk about fight club .

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:48 | 4531973 shovelhead
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Spartacus Vs. Gluteus Maximus.

Potato diggers are tough.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:56 | 4531993 Gyoza Mimi
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... but,  according to Fox News and Zero Hedge, capitalism unobstracted by regulations is a solution to all problems. I mean, market forces is the only answer to all questions, right, right?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:13 | 4532050 NOTaREALmerican
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Re: I mean, market forces is the only answer to all questions, right, right

Not sure about Faux News, but here:  There's some Red Team articles,  a few Blue Team articles,  lots Libertarian articles, and Gold articles.

Soooo,  depends on the article, but mostly right.


Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:27 | 4532099 Free Wary
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Unfortunately over the past few weeks I'm seeing more and more hyper-partisan nit wit commentators like you here. Why don't you go back to NYT of breitbart. I stopped reading comments on those sites due to the mindless red/blue sparring.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:41 | 4532171 Sathington Willougby
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Crime families can only recognize organized crime.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:56 | 4532245 Van Halen
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No. Um, Capitalism with a small amount of government regulation is the solution to all problems. Not mountains of government regulation and not no regulation at all, which is anarchy.

Capitalism works in most cases very well. Note that what has been happening in this country for the last few decades is that Capitalism has not been allowed to run its course and has been getting 'fixed' with Socialism - such as intervening to bail out banks, businesses, etc. with increasingly more government money and programs and regulation.

Capitalism is not perfect, but it's a hell of a lot better than a whole lot of the other ideas we're seeing being used today. Expecially, and not limited to Communism and Socialism.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 22:16 | 4533211 Gyoza Mimi
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You are very smart. What is your name?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:01 | 4532011 Dr. Destructo
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A criminal is a criminal -even if one is a state-sanctioned.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:08 | 4532037 royal
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The US prison system as whole is a's nothing but modern slavery.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:22 | 4532082 SmackDaddy
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yes, where the taxpayer is the slave, the prison execs are the plantation owners, and the prisoners are the cotton....

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:08 | 4532038 Soul Glow
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Welcome to Fight Club, bitchez.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 22:31 | 4533262 Hovel Downs
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gimme my shoes back. /bitch


Mon, 03/10/2014 - 22:31 | 4533264 Hovel Downs
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gimme my shoes back. /bitch


Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:51 | 4532230 Van Halen
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And this story about prisoners being treated like savages is supposed to upset us - why, again?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:18 | 4532342 cougar_w
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I ... don't even know where to start ...

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 21:20 | 4533025 Tall Tom
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Don't bother. He is too far gone.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:28 | 4532388 Pike Bishop
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But...but... if the DoJ investigates the TBTF Prison System won't that cause terrible upheaval in our Justice system? The impact to private investors could be devastating. We're going to need to prepare another Bailout.

Holder's "See no evil" approach has saved America many times over. He should get a Nobel Peace Prize for stirring the least amount of ripples during a historic Monsoon of fraud and crime.

Then again, if the CCA types go to jail, they can run the prisons from within for free. I think they have a good idea and now just need to live it.

"Nothin' says Merica like "Private Prison".

That's an instant classic.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:31 | 4532398 jonjon831983
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White collar crime always pays.  This is giving me ideas...

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:55 | 4532478 americanspirit
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Creating for-profit prisons incentivizes the entire system to send as many people as possible to prison. If reducing crime reduces profits then crime will not be reduced. Those who attempt to reduce crime automatically become the enemy of the system.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 19:01 | 4532500 1stepcloser
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This is a blacklist episode right?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 19:09 | 4532529 DelusionalGrandeur
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....meanwhile other criminals continue to walk the streets in their $5000 dollar suits, driving their masserati's catering to their useless trophy wives who contribute nothing to society. The banksters and politicians who deserve a cell of their own are never prosecuted, and the rest of us get the shaft with struggling to pay the mortgage, health insurance etc. etc. It amazes me that society in America isn't absolutely fed up with continualy getting the shaft.

Don't get me wrong, there are people that deserve to be in prison for the crimes they've committed, but what needs to take place for a total cleansing of this corruption from our society? It's basically spitting in humanity's face when I see stories like this after watching Assault on Wall Street. It fucking pisses me off to know entire families are being sacrificed for a fiat dollar, and we wage wars in the name of democracy. The same democracy that the 1% laugh at and show no respect whatsoever for having.

I really hope this Wave of Action on April 4th brings something of substance and we see shit loads of other deserving criminals fill the cells of these for-profit prisions to the max.........oh and it's been a while, I almost forgot... FUCK YOU BERNANKE! MAY YOU ROT IN HELL WITH THE REST OF YOUR CRONY BITCH MOTHERFUCKING BUTT BUDDIES!

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 19:56 | 4532671 drendebe10
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If u like ur prison, u can keep ur prison.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 20:03 | 4532700 cheetahbaby
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Time for the US version of the French Foreign Legion. Send these guys to Barry's redlines....

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 21:52 | 4533119 firstdivision
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But...but..but I was always told that private companies do a better job then the government.

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