“Pis don’t forward…”
“Pis don’t forward…”
Donald Cohen is the founder executive director of In the Public Interest, a resource and policy center that focuses on privatizing and contracting. He writes:
Last week, in a powerful affirmation of the common good, commissioners in Tennessee’s Johnson County unanimously opposed the privatization of the state prison within their county’s limits. A response to fears that the state government could soon outsource management of the Northeast State Correctional Complex, the resolution reads like a checklist of what democracy and public control can provide a community.
The “no” vote was prompted by the state government’s recent exploration of outsourcing the management of state properties, including prisons, hospitals, parks and even the University of Tennessee. State officials have also been trying to manage a shortage of prison officers after introducing a controversial overtime policy statewide to cut costs.
But the Johnson County commissioners recognize that outsourcing isn’t the answer: “Any type of privatization would be detrimental to our county, citizens and staff of Northeast Correctional Complex.” They also honored public service by dedicating a day each year in recognition of the prison’s current staff.
This is an important stand, not only because outsourcing often worsens conditions for both staff and prisoners, but because Johnson County joins a growing list of communities taking common sense action on criminal justice. Like Florida’s Hillsborough County, which recently decided to allow their sheriff’s office to handle probation services rather than a for-profit company in legal trouble in another state. And Benton County in Oregon, where a new public jail project that is gaining support would provide drug and alcohol treatment, GED prep lessons and other rehabilitative programs currently unavailable to prisoners in the county.
Like Johnson County, these communities consider how they handle criminal justice to be both a moral imperative and an opportunity for quality jobs and democratic control.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2011—Up for reelection, Scott Brown does his first National Guard stint in Afghanistan:
Scott Brown will return Thursday from a weeklong National Guard training in Afghanistan. He spent:
…most of his time in Kabul, where he lived, ate and trained with other troops.
The Massachusetts Republican is a lieutenant colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He asked to conduct his annual training overseas, and it was his first time serving in a combat zone.
Brown specifically requested Afghanistan, according to a statement released “just hours after President Obama announced that United States special forces had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan,” but a couple days before Brown fell for a fake bin Laden death photo.
No doubt it’s just two funny coincidences that his first stint in a combat zone came when he was up for reelection and was announced immediately after bin Laden was killed.
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: today is 100% David Waldman, although surely containing some percentage of bioaccumulated fluoropolymer additives. David eschews flossing, while embracing other oral hygiene methods. How does Dick Cheney = George Zimmerman? How does Dan Snyder = Donald Trump? Some don’t think Mt. McKinley = Mt. Denali. Police have a list of terrorist threats, some may be surprising. David devotes the rest today’s show to discussing Perfluorooctanoic acid—PFOA, AKA “C8,” and the most brazen, deadly corporate gambits in U.S. history. Dupont was able to keep the toxic effect from the public view, but not the water supply—or your body.
Taxpayers are aghast at the massive waste of tax dollars.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth
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