Over the past few years, private prison firm GEO Group has become known for inmate abuse, workplace violence, and fraudulent reporting at its U.S. facilities. One federal judge found that GEO “allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate” at one Mississippi facility for juveniles.— Private Prison CEO Will Host Florida Governor At $10K-A-Plate Fundraiser | ThinkProgress (via alexsegura)
But on Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) will headline a $10,000-per-person VIP fundraiser at the home of GEO Group Chief Executive Officer George Zoley, Mother Jones reports. Attendees can also attend a general reception for $3,000 per person. The proceeds will go to both Rick Scott’s gubernatorial campaign and the Republican Party of Florida.
Scott has long been a proponent of private prisons, even as he has maintained a cozy relationship with prison executives. In 2010, he campaigned on pledges to save the state money by turning more state-run prisons over to private companies. But several years later, prisons were costing Florida more money. Scott has since backed a move to privatize prison health care, and his Department of Corrections forged ahead with a plan to do so even without the approval of the state legislature. That move was eventually upheld by an appeals court and the move will now cost 2,000 state workers their jobs.
Is it just a coincidence that your Seattle Mystery Bookshop signing just happens to fall on the same day as a Sounders game?— pilesoflazydeadhipsters
I doubt it. I suspect JB did it on purpose. I suspect JB did it in the hopes that I would show up wearing a Timbers shirt or similar, and bring a little excitement into the shop ;)
Just read your interview about the next Lazarus arc on CBR. Are you depicting Hock as being kinda like North Korea with the propaganda, whereas with Carlyle its more subtle?— firstofthfallen
I suppose North Korea is a fair analogue, though that wasn’t an overt influence. George Orwell is the most readily apparent over influence, honestly, but in that, yes, you get to North Korea in perhaps one or two very short steps.
Hock is bad, bad news. One of the things that’ll become more and more apparent as the series progresses is that, for all of the vileness of the Carlyle “system,” they are one of the “best” Families to live under.
Which tells you something about how effed up our world is right there, I suspect.