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Monday, August 10, 2009

Cornell To Put 1,000 Alaska Inmates In Colorado

The Denver Post

Cornell Companies Inc. says it expects to receive a contract from Alaska to house 1,000 state prisoners at a facility the company is building in Hudson in Weld County.

Cornell said Saturday that Alaska had sent it a "notice of intent to award" a contract for 1,000 male inmates.

Once the Colorado facility reaches full occupancy, the Houston-based company expects the contract to generate nearly $22 million in annualized operating revenues.

The new Colorado facility would be able to hold 1,250 beds. It is expected to be completed this year.


Vigilant said...

Visualize this:

Inmates with their hands cuffed behind their backs on top of a stand in the middle of a room. Men in suits sitting in the audience yelling out the top biddings for the inmates. After bantering back and forth, the contractor with the highest bid wins the slaves.

How can a so-called 'civilized' society still advocate slavery???
If one way doesn't work, find another, then another. And on and on it goes. Is it apathy? Is it simply a lust to see humanity suffer to make 'themselves' feel better? Have the hearts of Americans been taken over by darkness?

These HUMAN BEINGS in Alaska are going to be deprived necessary contact with family and friends. The lies the U.S. constantly uses to promote the well-being of inmates by maintaining visitation, is all too clear. The lies about public safety is all too clear. (Massive incarceration rates and wrongful convictions bring in the bucks.) Every single bit of the Dept. of Corrections is about money. Department of Slavery.

What is wrong with the United States? Why do people permit this reprehensible behavior to gain strength and take control over our lives? Eventually this will elevate to affect each citizen in one form or another.

Think about what the departure from family contact is going to do to these inmates from Alaska. Think about the families that will suffer beyond what they pay out for the upkeep of their fathers, sons, brothers, etc. Not ALL of them are guilty or require any prison time at all. Even the 'guilty' need to be treated humanely despite the self-righteous beliefs that have been programmed into this country.

This obscene amount of money could be put into rehabilitation and constructive education for so very many of these guys. THAT would profit the souls of these men to lead productive lives and remain out of prison (to be called a 'felon' the rest of their lives). The way it is now, the corporate thugs, including politicians, prosecutors and judges, wish to continue the for-profit slavery. It's money for themselves.

America's courtrooms and the archaic laws that put them there equal that of satan. There is nothing Godly about this obsessive and excessive use of corporate greed. The price these corporate thugs will pay will be greater than the individuals they put in prison for avarice.

The depth of this wickedness is too much to delve into. It leads straight to the pits of hell.

"The love of money is the root of all evil."

Anonymous said...

What you all have to realize its the legislature in Colorado who is allowing a texas corporation to use the state of Colorado to do there corporate slavery. I suggest the people of Colorado ask Cornell to get out of Colorado. djw

Anonymous said...

If they planned to build a prison to house Alaskan inmates, why not build it in Alaska? Colorado keeps their inmates away from their families as much as possible also (remember when they were sending Colorado inmates to Oklahoma and Texas?) I don't understand the mentality. I would think allowing inmates to have regular contact with family members would make for happier inmates, fewer morale problems, less depression, less hardship on families (innocent victims), more connection to help with rearing of children of inmates, easier transitions back into society, and just more harmony in general. However, Colorado places most of their inmates as far from their homes as possible, and makes it as difficult as possible for family to visit. They further isolate inmates by overpriced telephone services, Jpay fees, mail restrictions, and whatever other method they can find.

Anonymous said...

i look at it this way at least they wont be locking up colorado prisoners up in this facility...