MONTANA DOC OFFICIALS PLANNING TO ALLOW CCA TO CONTROL ALL MONTANA PRISONS

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Dear Me4justicemj-
I read an article last week that was so annoying that I need to share it with you.  It will give you a sense of the opposition we face in our pursuit of fairer sentences – and why we need to unite and fight.Last week, USA Today reported that a private prison company offered 48 states the following deal: we will buy and manage your prisons and in return you must promise to keep them full! The contract requires that the prisons remain 90 percent full for 20 years into the future.

The private prison company knows that states are looking for ways to balance their budgets. If the company buys their prisons, states will get some immediate cash. But in order to make the biggest profit possible, the company wants states to agree to keep the prisons full. How do you suppose they’re going to keep the prisons full?  By supporting sentencing policies that put more people in prison and keep them there for decades. Ugh.

I know private prisons exist and I’m enough of a capitalist to accept that everyone has a right to make money.  However, profiting on other people’s misery goes too far.  Besides, there are much better ways to reduce prison spending: eliminate mandatory sentences and adopt alternatives to prison for low-level offenders.

That model of containing costs is already succeeding. States like New York, South Carolina, and Texas have managed tight budgets and soaring corrections costs by getting rid of mandatory minimum prison sentences for many low-level, nonviolent offenders and substituting treatment for those who need it, instead of prison.

You and I know that smart sentencing policies save money – and lives.  We need to make sure everyone knows that.

Please contact FAMM today so we can unite and fight against the kind of nonsense offered by the private prison industry.

Armed with indignation –

Julie

Julie Stewart
President

Contact FAMM:

1612 K Street, NW  #700
Washington, DC  20006
(202) 822-6700
(202) 822-6704 fax
www.famm.orgSentences that Fit.  Justice that Works.

MONTANA TELL YOUR STATE OFFICIALS NO! 
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  1. As long as CCA can keep can Keep Schweitzer and Bullock in the dark on their pricing per diem billing CCA will continue to take advantage of the ignorance of the Montana tax payers. The Tribune ran an article on the mayor of Shelby and how innovative he is and stated there were 179 employees at the prison. They have never ever had 179 employees at once out there but they were billing the state as though they did. So it was written back to 158 for a base price for the per diem but the still don’t have 159 employees the last count is 85. But they are billing the state for 158.

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