More Prison Privatization in Fla. Senate Budget

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- March 29, 2011 --

The Senate's proposed budget, which is awaiting final committee approval, would turn state prisons in an 18-county area of South Florida over to private companies if they want them.

That's the rub, Sen. Mike Fasano said Tuesday.

The New Port Richey Republican who chairs a subcommittee
overseeing prison spending said at least one major prison company
has told him it doesn't intend to bid due to the high cost of
maintaining Florida's existing prisons.

Fasano's panel proposed a prison budget without the
privatization. Budget Committee Chairman JD Alexander unilaterally
added it to the bill as a cost-cutting measure before it was
published Monday.

Fasano is philosophically opposed to privatizing public safety
services and said he will try to remove it when the Budget
Committee considers the bill Thursday.


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  • by Ev Location: Crawfordville on Apr 4, 2011 at 04:11 PM
    Maybe you need to tour a prison or two. It is not as easy I you may believe. Think about having angry inmates getting on each others nerves with no outlet. TV helps as does the Rec. yards. If it weren't for the few things that they do get, we would have no correctional officers because they would not take a chance on the job. The meals that they are fed are not enough to feet a child, most prisons have no A/C. The inmates are assigned jobs. Before you open your mouth, maybe you should check on things.
  • by Anonymous Location: North Florida on Mar 30, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    ALL Gov. Scott is doing is in his Privatization effort is to help out his good old buddies in his private sectot to make more money, you privatize the health care in DOC , well, is back ground is in health care he will get alot of money in kick back under the table from his buddies
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      by Billy on Mar 30, 2011 at 07:18 AM in reply to
      You're just a blow-hard and think you know everything!
  • by Joey Location: Tallahassee on Mar 30, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    No, I have never had family in prison, but have a friend. He even says that for being in prison, life is easier, he doesn't want to leave. In fact 80% I think it is of all inmates end up returning. Soo, if we actually punished them, instead of a cushy ride, they wouldn't want to come back.
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      by Ev on Apr 4, 2011 at 04:16 PM in reply to Joey
      Your friend is definitely an exception. I have met several people that have been to prison and not one wants to go back. The ride is not cushy. I have heard that the Federal prisons are easier, but the state prisons are hard for the inmates and the families. It may be a good place for a free ride if you have trouble making it in the outside world, but wanting to stay.???????
  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    what are u talking about,i served in the military too, i have been to Iraq many times (on the front lines, i have watched comrads die in my face) and thank God i came back home to my husband and kids. i would hate to have gone through all of that anguish to come home to get killed by an inmate..i dont treat them bad, they just know where i stand.... @ anon how long have you worked in corrections and have you ever been in battle. My opinion stands.
  • by Seen both sides of the Fence Location: In the middle on Mar 29, 2011 at 09:50 PM
    Let's be honest about the subsidizing that Florida does for private prison companies. Most companies hire at $8.00 - $10.00/hr. Averaging about $600.00/2 wks & offer med ins averaging $300.00/2 wks. Most can't afford. These wages qualify most for Florida Healthy Kids. Who pays that?? That is saying that Gov Scott and the legislature don't defund it first. And parents go to the ER. And who pays the lost revenue there?? Why, the Florida taxpayer and Federal subsidies, of course. I am not placing blame. If it comes to paying for food and shelter or medical bills, I know which I pay. Let's see, millions in shareholder dividends or affordable healthcare for employees and proper care for inmates. I wonder which occurs more frequently. Greed trumps morals and ethics every time in this industry. I'm just saying..
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      by Billy on Mar 30, 2011 at 07:29 AM in reply to Seen both sides of the Fence
      Yeah, your just saying....and don't know what you talking about.
  • by DUB O L Location: BEEN THERE DONE THAT on Mar 29, 2011 at 05:12 PM
    INMATES ARE PEOLPLE WITH 8TH AMENDMENT RIGHTS. EVERY INMATE DID NOT RAPE A BABY OR KILL AN INNOCENT PERSON BUT THEY ALL HAVE TO BE TREATED EQUALLY. SO YES THEY HAVE TO BE FEED 3 MEALS (ONE CAN BE COLD BY LAW). AND REAL CORRECTINAL OFFICERS KNOW THIS. AND ALSO KNOW THAT A "REAL" PRISON IS NOT MADE OF JUST CELLS (MOST ARE OPEN BAY). PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER HAD ANY FAMILY LOCKED DOWN SHOULD CLOSE THIER LIPS. TREAT PPL THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. BUT I DO THINK THAT EVERY ONE IN PRISON SHOULD WORK ATLEAST 40 HOURS A WEEK DOING SOMETHING AND "NOT" GET PAID. THE WORK SHOULD BE PART OF THIER REHABILITAION. THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO SAVE MONEY BUT PRIVATIZING EVERTHING IS NOT THE ANSWER.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 at 09:31 PM in reply to DUB O L
      I agree dub. So many ppl say take this and take that but they have no idea what really goes on in a prison. U can always tell when a person doesn't know about prisons, they refer to inmates as prisoners lol. So last century
  • by BULL Location: FLORIDA on Mar 29, 2011 at 04:49 PM
    THE ONLY PRISONS THAT STATE INMATES GO TO ARE PRIVATE PRISONS. NOW FOR THE FACTS THE STATE DOES NOT BUY TV'S THEY ARE DONATED. IN YEARS PAST THE TV'S WAS BOUGHT FROM THE INMATE WALFARE FUND THAT WAS FUNDED BY NO NOT THE TAX PAYPAYERS BUT THROUGH THE INMATE CANTEENS BUT NEW FLASH THE STATE GAVE THE CANTEENS TO A PRIVATE COMPANY KEFFE. I AM SURE THE MAKE BILLONS OF DOLLARS PROFIT FROM THE PURCHASES. I KNOW FOR A FACT $2.000.00 DOLLAR DAYS PER CANTEEN ARE COMMON. MOST MAJOR INSTITUTIONS HAVE 4 INMATE CANTEEN ON THE GROUNDS. BUT DONT GET EXCITED BECAUSE THE POLITICANS WILL NEVER BREAK THE CONTRACT WITH THE COMPANY. KEEFE DOES PAY A LITTLE OVER A DOLLAR A DAY PER INMATE. I STILL SEE WHERE THEY ARE MAKING A BUNDLE. SO FOR ALL YOU THAT ARE YELLING TAKE AWAY TAKE AWAY MAYBE THE STATE SHOULD TAKE AWAY FROM THE PRIVATE COMPANY AND HELP PAY FOR THE NEEDED ITEMS TO KEEP THE PRISONS CLEAN ANS HELP CUT DOWN ON MEDICAL ISSUES. BUT THATS JUST A THOUGHT.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 at 02:35 PM
    Private prisons in Florida only save money because they cherry pick inmates with no health issues or discipline problems so they don't have to bear the costs of expensive inmates. They ship inmates back to the state when they become to costly. Are we really going to trust the custody of the state's most dangerous inmates to a company that provides security at level of their profits. Get real. This is nothing more than our representative paying back campain donations to private prison companies.
  • by JJ Location: TALLAHASSEE on Mar 29, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    UNLESS YOU HAVE ACTUALLY WORKED IN A PRISON,YOU DONT NEED TO MAKE ANY COMMENTS. I AGREE, THEY DONT NEED SOME OF THIS STUFF, BUT TO KEEP US OUT OF HARMS WAY A TELEVISION CAN OFTEN CALM AN INMATE IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS, IT GIVES THEM MORE TO DO AND IN INSTANCES, RELAX THEIR MOODS. INMATES ARE ALL TICKING TIME BOMBS BECAUSE THEY ARE LOCKED UP AND TRUE THEY PUT THEMSELVES THERE, BUT YOU HAVE NO IDEAS WHAT ITS LIKE TO WALK INTO A CELL BLOCK WITH ANGRY INMATES. SO, UNTIL YOU HAVE WALKED IN MY SHOES GUYS KEEP YOUR OPINIONS TO YOURSELVES.
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      by Sgt on Mar 29, 2011 at 02:54 PM in reply to JJ
      You are right, too often people do not understand how it really is to work in a prison, and if they did - wouldn't have so much to say. Imagine going to work every night wondering if this is the night you will get stabbed... and yes that happens. To the smart folks who mentioned housing inmates in tents... imagine a huge inmate mob in a fight or riot... usually we send the uninvolved to their cells to secure them. Where are you going to secure them in a tent? Why is OFFICER SAFETY not important to ANY of you?
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        by Joey on Mar 30, 2011 at 05:48 AM in reply to Sgt
        Ummmm, there are prison tents, and they work. Do some research. The few there are have a very low return rate, and cost a whole lot less. If I am not mistaken N. Florida used to have a prison tent.
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          by Ev on Apr 4, 2011 at 04:04 PM in reply to Joey
          Maybe there is a reason that we don't have a prison tent camp now. Thank about it.
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      by Anon on Mar 29, 2011 at 05:13 PM in reply to JJ
      I have. And a TV calms the same way a cattle prod or a Tazer does. These inmates have more rights than you and I and it's insane. They should get meals, walls and a ceiling, and maybe a few recreational games. The don't need TV or half the other crap that they get. They're in here to serve a sentence. Instead, they come in to a Holiday Inn Express with you and I answering their every beak and call.
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      by Sarge on Mar 30, 2011 at 03:54 AM in reply to JJ
      Yeah right, and unless you're a combat vet. you can't have an opinion about whether or not this country goes to war!
  • by kc on Mar 29, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    Well it looks like we may need to build more prisions for ordinary crooks and then the politicians thay keep breaking laws.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 at 03:09 PM in reply to kc
      lol. love it.....so true, so true.
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