Thursday, March 8, 2012

Proposal to buy prisons raises ethical concerns –

A private prison management company's proposal to buy government prison facilities, criticized for requiring states to maintain high occupancy rates, also is prompting debate about the firm's executive who circulated it. Harley Lappin, the former director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, made the offer to 48 prison officials across the country in a January letter on behalf of Corrections Corporation of America, less than a year after retiring from his federal post. Civil rights advocates, a state lawmaker and the chief of the federal prison employees union said Lappin's involvement with the firm's offer, so soon after leaving his high-profile government post, raises ethical concerns. ,….. As part of a proposed 20-year management agreement, the company would require governments to maintain minimum occupancy rates of 90% for the life of the management contracts.

Proposal to buy prisons raises ethical concerns –

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