Pam Bondi Private Prisons
Before we talk about Pam Bondi and what may be influencing her tax dollar wasting quest to further privatize the Florida prison system, a few facts should be presented on the current private prisons in the United States.
Private prison corporations in the US, show to the public 32 million dollars of lobbying on the federal level to obtain more private detention centers. Not included in this figure are hundreds of millions in other private and individual “donations” or illegal gifts (examples are presented below). The US tax payer supports an estimated $2 billion towards imprisoning illegal aliens alone. A lot of the money is used for new “private” prisons to house the near 1/2 million immigrants detained annually. It is estimated that imprisoning each illegal alien costs over $150 per night.
Just ten years ago, about 3,000 illegal aliens were stuck in private prisons for trying to enter the greatest country in the world. The statistic today stands at more than 20,000. Who would want the deporting process to take as long as possible? The illegal alien stuck in prison? No. The tax paying citizen covering the bill? No. The private prison corporations getting paid per number of inmates being housed? YEP.
Corporate profits and greed are all that can explain this trend. The rapid rise in detainees has given private prison corporations revenue increases from $760 million to $5.1 billion in only a few years.
Although Pam Bondi has done some rather amazing work in Florida attacking the prescription pill mills and even letting her cronies arrest the now infamous and fellow republican Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll‘s brother in law for his alleged participation. Pamela Bondi has a die hard stance on private prisons even though the facts stand to prove that it creates injustice in the system. (Have you seen the video of Jennifer Carroll’s stance on black women in the lesbian community? Click here to watch.)
A common trend among states, like Florida that currently has 7 private prisons, is to fall for the private prison corporations trickle in trick. They lobby as hard as they need to and paying off crony government leaders like Attorney General Pam Bondi for their support is something they would love to do.
They sneak in one private prison, probably take a small loss, “saving” the state a little money until they get more prisons in the state and that is when things get interesting.
Numerous reports through out the nation have similar stories, but the following is a great example of the private prison corruption and what Pam Bondi may be trying to cover up, right here in Florida.
In Scranton, Pennsylvania, two judges plead guilty because they were receiving kickbacks involving juvenile offenders. The judges, Mark Ciavarella Jr. and Michael Conahan, were given more than $2.6 million in “kickbacks” from a private prison corporation to send teenagers to privately run youth detention centers for even minor infractions.
The case began in 2003, when PA Child Care, a private juvenile detention center in Pittston Township, Pennsylvania, was opened.
In 2009, the owner, Robert Powell, pled guilty for not reporting a felony and tax evasion
conspiracy in connection with $770,000 in kickbacks he paid to Ciavarella and Conahan in exchange for facilitating the development of his facilities. At this current time the difference between the 2.6 million figure and the 770,000 figure is a mystery.
When profits get tied into the incarceration and torture (being in prison is torture, period) of human beings there cannot be any good that comes from such.
So… What is your motive, Pam Bondi? Why are you using resources and time concentrating on private prisons?