Tag Archives: Civigenics

Lest we forget: Hardin jail debacle revisited

Over the first quarter of this year, lawmakers have largely turned to privatization as a solution for states in fiscal crisis. As such, DBA Press feels this may be an appropriate time to revisit the case of Hardin, Montana– the … Continue reading

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DBA Press Investigative Report: Legacy of Corruption

Newly minted U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was sworn in on January 5 with unfinished business back home.

Rubio, as former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives (R-Miami, 2006-2008)—as well as other state GOP lawmakers and party contributors– are currently the likely subjects of multiple wide-ranging state and federal investigations conducted by the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) into improper use of credit cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida, as well as tax evasion and improper budgetary appropriations.

One such set of appropriations/legislative actions reportedly being investigated by federal authorities are those which led to the development of the state’s largest private prison, the Blackwater River Correctional Facility (CF), which opened its gates for operation in November. The prison was designed and is operated by Florida-based Geo Group, the nation’s second largest private prison operator.

This story tracks the activities of both Geo Group and Rubio economic consultant Donna Arduin through private prison development in Florida under Governor Charlie Crist and in California under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger– as well as some strange appearances with some strange bedfellows. Continue reading

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The Rainmakers: banking on private prisons in the fleecing of small town America

(James) Parkey and/or one of his pitchmen approach an economically-depressed and isolated community– preferably within 100 miles of a federal courthouse– and convince local government leaders through a period of wooing, wining, dining and otherwise bedazzling—sometimes bribing– that a private prison, jail, or immigrant detention center is just the thing to cause long-dormant clouds of cash to burst open and rain prosperity down on their blighted town. Continue reading

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