Private prison company Corrections Corporation of America has long been accused of caging incarcerated people like animals for a profit. Now the private prison giant — founded on the simple principle that prisons could be sold "just like you were selling hamburgers"
— is looking to branch into a new market — building an animal shelter for a Florida county.
With CCA's track record of staff misconduct, squalid conditions, and unsafe prisons for people incarcerated in its facilities, we aren't optimistic this is will turn out well for the animals of the Citrus County. Here are the details from GTN News in Gainesville:
Citrus County and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) are considering a partnership to build a new animal shelter. The county says there is a definite need for the new facility.
Citrus County Spokesperson, Tobey Phillips, says, "Space issues-- we have-- we need new runs for the animals, we have kennels that are being doubled up, it's just this facility has been here for a while and we've made it work, but we need a new facility."
The CCA's proposal says the company will handle the logistics and building the facility, but the county has to foot the $2.8 million bill.
Phillips says, "The county pays CCA a per diem rate per inmate. So CCA's proposal is to increase that per diem rate to cover financing."
The proposal suggests upping that per diem rate by $5.25, meaning each inmate could now cost the county just over $74 per month. If the new facility is build it will be on county property right next door to the jail. The CCA and the county agree this could be a benefit because inmates could help with the upkeep. Read more about Humpday Hall of Shame: Corrections Corp. of America wants to lock up your puppy?