Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like.--Ernest Benn

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Let's Hear It for Privatized Prisons!

News Item:
Escaped fugitives (and murder suspects) John McCluskey and his fiancee, Casslyn Welch, arrested at campsite after tip-off from forest ranger

.... McCluskey was among three prisoners who escaped on 30 July from a privately operated state prison in Kingman.....

The arrests came hours after officials discussed a report that outlined a series of embarrassing security breakdowns that allowed the escape.

The prison had a badly defective alarm system, a perimeter post was unstaffed, an outside dormitory door had been propped open with a rock and the alarms went off so often that prison personnel often just ignored them, the report said. Also, operational practices often led to a gap of 15 minutes or longer during shift changes along the perimeter fence.

Prison staff told a review team that the dormitory door was left open because it was in frequent use. The open door allowed the three inmates to reach a 10-foot chain-link fence that hadn't been topped with razor wire. They scaled that fence and hid out for a time behind a building in an area that wasn't visible to staff....
Yeah! Good idea: Let's have corporations run everything!


  1. There goes that dang alarm again! Now, what were you saying?

  2. What if we turned police depts and fire depts over to corps?

  3. I am reminded of what Alan Shepard said ... "It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract."

  4. Sgt. Schultz - "I know nothing! Nothing!"