US states are beginning to rely less on privately run prisons, but Canada may be a land of opportunity for the two biggest firms
By: BILBO POYNTER | The Guardian
US private prison firms are targeting Canada for fresh opportunities as pressure builds at home on the troubled multi-billion dollar industry from human rights groups and legal actions, and as more states look to scale back their reliance on them.
Two of the biggest operators in an industry once regarded as recession-proof, Geo Group and Management and Training Corporation (MTC), have been lobbying various government departments in the Canadian capital, Ottawa.
I feel as though I’ve been wrenched from the light of the world and exiled to the heart of darkness.
My friends, I just want to let you all know that we’ll not be able to stay as connected as we’ve been during the last seven weeks of my ongoing indefinite hunger strike against Harper’s cruel new crime law, the Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C10). I owe Ottawa Hydro and they disconnected my hydro service earlier today. (For those unfamiliar with the term “hydro”, it’s what you’d call “electricity”.)
So far, being connected and communicating with you all via Facebook, Twitter, email and my blog had been a pillar of my coping strategy. Now I’ll have no internet access. I’ll not be able to update my blog as regularly as I should. And, needless to say, my apartment will be in the dark most of the time. (Well, what are candles for, right!) I can’t say when the service will be restored. I don’t have the more than $250 I owe them.