Austin, TX - A majority of advocates are sounding the alarm after the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued a Request for Proposals for operation of Terrell State Hospital on June 9th. According to the RFP, DSHS plans to award a five-year contract as soon as August 15, 2014. [node:read-more:link]
The video “visitation” system, which costs $20 for 20 minutes, puts additional financial hardship on families, has a history of not working but still charging users, and has been used to violate attorney-client privilege through the recording and sharing of conversations.
Welcome to The Hump Day Hall of Shame: Every Wednesday we highlight the private prison industry’s influence on public policy through campaign contributions, lobbying, and the revolving door of public and private corrections.
Today, however, we want to highlight not the privatization of prisons, but something just as troubling and dangerous - the privatization of services within correctional facilities, public and private alike.
In the past week, reports have surfaced of plans by Ohio Governor John Kasich to hire a private vendor to provide meals to over 50,000 inmates within the state’s prison system, including juvenile detention facilities. Kasich argues that privatizing Ohio’s prison food service will save the state up to $16 million annually... but at what cost?[node:read-more:link]