Filling quotas

What could possibly go wrong? This reminds me of when the county I lived in did such a good good getting people to recycle plastic that there wasn’t enough trash to power the new trash-to-steam plant (for which they were contractually obligated). So they started dumping the “recycled” plastic in there, too:

At a time when states are struggling to reduce bloated prison populations and tight budgets, a private prison management company is offering to buy prisons in exchange for various considerations, including a controversial guarantee that the governments maintain a 90% occupancy rate for at least 20 years.

The $250 million proposal, circulated by the Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America to prison officials in 48 states, has been blasted by some state officials who suggest such a program could pressure criminal justice officials to seek harsher sentences to maintain the contractually required occupancy rates.

Oh no! That would never happen!

“You don’t want a prison system operating with the goal of maximizing profits,” says Texas state Sen. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat and advocate for reducing prison populations through less costly diversion programs. “The only thing worse is that this seeks to take advantage of some states’ troubled financial position.”

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  1. Hmmm, wonder exactly which demographic of the overall population are they looking to use to fulfill the “90% occupancy over 20 years”. Could it be the poor, Blacks, Latinos, and any other sector of the immigrant population that LOOKS suspicious? I betcha’…………

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