News: CCA loses fed contract; Amazing interactive map on US Incarceration Nation

We’ll start with some breaking news about CCA losing a very lucrative contract ($30 million over the last nine months) for a federal prison in Ohio. This is important to us in Hawai`i because the more contracts/revenue they lose, the more desperate they become.

Next is a really, really interesting infographic showing the incredible rise in the incarcerated  population of the US.

Federal Bureau of Prisons Elects Not to Renew Contract   at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center
Yahoo, Dec. 29, 2014

Excerpt:
“NASHVILLE, TN–(Marketwired – Dec 29, 2014) – CCA(NYSE: CXW) (the “Company” or “Corrections Corporation of America”) announced today that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) elected not to renew its contract at CCA’s owned and operated 2,016-bed Northeast Ohio Correctional Center. During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the facility generated approximately $30 million in revenue from the BOP.

“At this time, the BOP has not determined when it will begin transferring inmates out of the facility, but the current contract expires on May 31, 2015. CCA expects to continue to provide safe, secure housing and services for the U.S. Marshals Service (“USMS”) at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center following the transfer of the BOP population, while it markets the facility to provide solutions for other customers. CCA currently houses approximately 1,400 inmates from the BOP and approximately 580 detainees from the USMS at the Northeast Ohio facility.”

“4:18 pm Corrections Corp announces that the Federal Bureau of Prisons elected not to renew its contract at CCA’s owned and operated 2,016-bed Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (CXW) : During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the facility generated approximately $30 million in revenue from the BOP.

  • At this time, the BOP has not determined when it will begin transferring inmates out of the facility, but the current contract expires on May 31, 2015. CCA expects to continue to provide safe, secure housing and services for the U.S. Marshals Service at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center following the transfer of the BOP population, while it markets the facility to provide solutions for other customers.”

Watch America’s Prison System Explode in One Alarming GIF
Sophie Kleeman, Policy.Mic,  December 23, 2014

Excerpt:
“Thanks to one Twitter user, we now have a clear and troubling illustration of the rate of imprisonment in the United States. Stretching from 1980 to 2013 and sourcing its numbers from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the GIF shows the number of prisoners per 100,000 American residents. Although the incarceration rates differ from state to state, the nationwide trend is clear: America’s incarceration rate has skyrocketed, and our prison population has become absurdly bloated.

“While it’s common knowledge that the United States has a disproportionately high incarceration rate — it’s the highest in the world, about five times the average for the industrial world — the GIF throws the pattern of growth into sharp relief. In 1980, for example, the numbers were relatively low across the entire country, but by 2013 the map was full of various shades of red.”

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