privatized prison system

Inspection of Kasich’s CCA owned prison shows staff assaults up over 300% – Thanks ALEC!

Inspection of Kasich’s CCA owned prison shows staff assaults up over 300% – Thanks ALEC!

For the second time in six months, Correction Corporation of America’s (CCA) privately owned Lake Erie Correctional Institution (LaECI) has received a dismal report from prison inspectors.  A report, issued in February by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee (CIIC) presents some very alarming statistics. “From 2010-2012, inmate-on-inmate assaults at LaECI have increased by over 180 […]

Prison Industry Bill Clears Nevada’s Senate Judiciary Committee

Prison Industry Bill Clears Nevada’s Senate Judiciary Committee

Senators move quickly to rein in runaway prison program By Bob Sloan On Wednesday a proposed bill amending Nevada’s Prison Industries was debated before the state Senate Judiciary Committee.  The bill, SB 478 was sponsored by the Senate Finance Committee, which is chaired by former Assemblywoman and now Senator Debbie Smith (D-13).  Senator Smith explained the bill […]

More Businesses Victimized by Nevada Prison Industries

More Businesses Victimized by Nevada Prison Industries

By Bob Sloan – Other Business owners complain of unfair competition – When researching material for the Study of Nevada’s Prison Industry Program (released in January), I discovered that in addition to several steel fabrication companies, several other industries and manufacturers have come forward saying they’ve also been compromised by Nevada’s prison industry.  These businesses […]

The Criminal Justice Industrial Complex: Seeking Transparency Through Revelation

The Criminal Justice Industrial Complex: Seeking Transparency Through Revelation

By Bob Sloan Like the military/industrial complex, the criminal justice industrial complex is an interweaving of private business and government interests. Its twofold purpose is profit and social control. Its public rationale is the fight against crime.  To accomplish the goals the public must be made to fear their neighbors, fellow employees…to walk in a […]

Casinos & Prison Labor – Strange Bedfellows

Casinos & Prison Labor – Strange Bedfellows

By Bob Sloan On Tuesday March 19th, the Nevada Board of Prison Commissioners (BPC) met in Carson City to discuss an assortment of prison related issues.  Members of the BPC are: Governor Brian Sandoval, Attorney General, Catherine Cortez-Masto and Secretary of State, Ross Miller. Issues of: (a) realignment of state Parole and Probation responsibilities with […]

Will Your Job Be Reshored To A Federal Prisoner?

By Justin Rohrlich Mar 12, 2013 1:21 pm From Minyanville… “The good news for the jobless? US industry is now in the throes of a “reshoring” trend… “The bad news? The Bureau of Prisons is angling to have as many reshored jobs as possible filled by federal prisoners.” Journalist Justin Rohrlich and VLTP Executive Director, Bob Sloan […]

Nevada Ways and Means Committee Weighs in on Prison Industry Battle

The Result of Bureaucrats’ Operating as Businessmen By VLTP Executive Director, Bob Sloan In the continuing saga of Nevada’s Silver State Industries (SSI), the Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee held a hearing this past Friday, March 8th to discuss the budget of the Nevada DOC which includes state prison industry operations. Critics of the industry […]

Lawmakers Lambaste Money-Losing Prison Industries Program

Lawmakers Lambaste Money-Losing Prison Industries Program

We have been posting about an investigation into prison labor violations in Nevada.  Three posts by VLTP Executive Director Bob Sloan, which you can access here, here, and here.  After exposing this to the entire Nevada State Legislature, Governor Sandoval (R), AG Masto (D), and Union leaders, and aided by an interview on the Dana Gentry […]

Why are Prisoners Building Patriot Missiles?

Alarming? Sure. But it could also inform a larger debate currently underway in Washington. Right now, federal prison inmates in correctional institutions across America are making parts for Patriot missiles. They are paid $0.23 an hour to start, and can work their way up to a maximum of $1.15 to manufacture electronics that go into […]

Jobs Bill Stalls – Legislation Allowing More Corporate Access To Prison Labor Passed

A VLTP Special Report by Bob Sloan, Executive Director LABOR UNIONS AND GROUPS – PULL THE WOOL FROM OVER YOUR EYES AND GET ACTIVELY INVOLVED NOW – BEFORE ITS TOO LATE! Over the past two weeks VLTP published the first, second and final segments of an expose reporting on the use of prison labor in Nevada to deny jobs to local […]