Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Slavery has been a recurring theme in Law & Order this season....

And Texas Prison Business is up for discussion in the Legisture this year... here is a counter point:

According to research by our allies at the Private Corrections Institute, as of May, 2007, eight private prison corporations were operating over 47,000 prison beds in Texas. These include lock-ups operated by private prison corporations that are serving as:
Local county jails
Prisons holding Texans under Texas Department of Criminal Justice contracts
Prisons holding people under contracts from other state systems
Prisons holding people under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons
Pretrial detention centers under contract with the US Marshals Service
Immigration detention centers under contract with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency
Youth prisons
Pre-release or halfway houses
Prisons holding people under contracts from a mix of local, state or federal agencies.
The map does not include lockups that are publicly run (by the state, county, or federal government) or any lockups run by nonprofits.

Private Prisons are shown on the map as dots.

Go to the website above and you can mouse over any dot on the map to see which private prison(s) the dot represents. Each of the eight major private corporations has its own color on the map.

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