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FBI investigates Tenn.-based CCA prison company

Published: Fri, March 7, 2014 @ 5:36 p.m.

FBI investigates prison company

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The FBI has launched a criminal investigation into private prison company Corrections Corporation of America, which ran what Idaho inmates called “Gladiator School” because of a violent reputation they say understaffing helped create. 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.


1lajoci(648 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Ahhhhhhh! The miracle of privatization and the free market!

Ain't it grand how the private, risk-taking, fearless entrepreneurs run things so very much more efficiently than the public sector ever, in even, say, a million years, could?

That is the unmitigated glory of the entreprenuerial spirit of free markets and the market forces that keep everyone honest!

Once again, we see displayed, in all its glory, freedom at work, doing what it does best!

Bravo, private, for-profit prison businessmen!


Thank you for your clean, efficient service, and enjoy those profits (slurrrrrrrped from the public trough) you so richly deserve!

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2IslandMike(764 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Hopefully CCA's executives get sent to that understaffed Idaho prison!

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3eevo(51 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

I guarantee that CCA is a conservative based private company that the Liar has sicked his FBI on. First Hobby Lobby, now CCA. Someone has to stop this dictator.

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4YtownParent(744 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

@gdog. In case you didn't see the post on the Ford article: "eevo" is the Colbert Report version of the real poster "eivo" who typically regurgitates Fox News talking points, much in the same manner as above.
So in facet, eivo = "this rescumlican arsehall" while eevo is someone mocking him.

@eevo. Good job. Keep up the great work. The posts have become readable again.

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5DSquared(1566 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

When will Obama's FBI get to the bottom of GM's "Deathmobiles" responsible for massive carnage on our highways? Why did it take 10 years for the Gub'mint to discover this?

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6IslandMike(764 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Obama is not a dictator, he's a TWICE elected President!! Members of Congress are elected to work with him, not the other way around. I see that a black man in The White House is a little too much for the Neo-Cons to handle.
Hillary 2016!!!

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7meagain(85 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Fantastic! Let's turn our schools over to private for profit businesses too. Oh wait...

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8JoeFromHubbard(1532 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

One private sector operation running too lean and the left leaning posters are right on it while the government wastes billions.

That the CCA story appears in the open is a sign of how private industry is scrutinized and corrected.

Compare that with a misguided concept like the "Affordable Care Act" which, unfortunately, is becoming unretractable.

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9dontbeafool(1695 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

This is a great example for some of you "unions suck in every instance" people. I know for a fact that several things would be different if a union were in place here.
1. There would be min guard staffing levels being met.
2. The quality of staff would be more experienced because there would be a higher wage and better benefits for the workers, thus getting more qualified, experienced applicants.
3. Gladiator/ fight school atmosphere would not exist.
Unions provide safeguards so these employees could have had a voice for these issues.

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10JoeFromHubbard(1532 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

@ dontbeafool:

I've got to agree with your point about unions and the minimum staffing levels.

When companies "behave badly" they invite more rules, regulations and unionization of employees.

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11Roger_Thornhill(971 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Same things happen in govt run prisons. Difference is when guards get caught it is a hassle to fire them because of unions.

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12IslandMike(764 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

What they failed to mention was the hazardous work environment for the guards and the rest of the staff.

A union would have prevented this.

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