CCPOA mum on erstwhile union-killing contracting
By Paige St. John | Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — California has signed a contract with private prison contractor Geo Group to lease space for 1,400 inmates in overcrowded state lockups…
Geo Group issued a news release Monday from its Florida headquarters announcing the company had inked deals with the state for two lower-security prisons it owns in California, in Adelanto and McFarland. The company said the contracts are for five years, and it expects to begin receiving inmates by the end of the year.
It estimated its annual revenue from the deal at more than $30 million…
Brown's lawyers have said the state will go ahead with some private prison leases within California even if the delay is granted…(Full text at Los Angeles Times)
It has been a matter of weeks since the Governor went out of his way to assure the public California prisoners would be supervised by CDCR, even if it entailed leasing a WALLmart and transferring staff as needed..
…Gov. Jerry Brown announced his plan last week to comply with a federal court order that he limit prison crowding by increasing prison capacity by 8,000 inmates, at a cost of $315 million this year, $400 million next year, and more in years to come.
Rather than house the inmates in state-owned prisons, Brown intends to place 2,300 of them in a private prison outside California City, a threadbare Mojave Desert town 66 miles southeast of Bakersfield…
Brown hopes to lease the lockup facility and staff it with state workers, including about 2,000 California Correctional Peace Officers Association members. That explains why CCPOA president Mike Jimenez stood with other law enforcement representatives at the Capitol press conference as Brown announced the plan. (NHPrisonWatch.org) (Note: the source article is quoting a Sacramento Bee/Dan Morain article no longer available online)
The obvious question is, where IS CCPOA on this? Surely, if the union has done an about-face, abandoning decades of opposition to in-state privatization, the leadership owes the membership an explanation.
What is CCPOA's position on the GEO contract? Well, Mike Jimenez didn't attend a press conference to announce union support for the deal–that is certainly encouraging.
Paco looks forward to a vibrant, articulate statement from CCPOA regarding the Governor's provocative move and what is to be done about it. -