- Geo Group loses TDCJ contract to MTC, Texas Prison Bidness, and
- How the recession hurts private prisons, Newsweek
The second story documents a phenomenon I've discussed here in Texas: Demand for private prison beds is shrinking thanks to reduced state and local incarceration as well as waning immigration detention. The only current growth area according to Newsweek - which has certainly been true in Texas - is in specialized treatment units aimed at reducing recidivism:
Cornell runs halfway houses and youth prisons and has noticed an uptick in the demand for drug treatment, housing, or job placement programs that help prisoners reenter society. “The challenge for reentry is funding,” says James Hyman, CEO and president of Cornell Companies. “If states can’t fund programs for their star college graduates, how do they fund programs for the prisoners?”Finally, our friends at Texas Prison Bidness also point us to a new website called Deportation Nation that's tracking the so-called "Secure Communities" program. Their site appears to be full of interesting tidibits.