2) A few weeks before becoming governor, according to Lance Tapley in the Portland, Maine, Phoenix Lepage meets with CCA's reps
3) The governor-elect's spokesman says LePage "will try to get the law changed."
4) CCA says they will build a giant prison in remote, impoverished Piscataquis County.
5) The last step is to fill the prison by lobbying elected officials for more and longer prison sentences. To not do so wouldn't be in the best interest of your shareholders. It's nothing personal; it's just business.
6) Repeat. Since 1970, the US prison and jail population has gone from 338,000 to 2.3 million.
And check out CCA's creepy website which includes what seems like a parody video from one of those dystopic-future movies like Starship Troopers or Blade Runner.
Also of note from the Phoenix:
CCA officials have talked about a prison housing 2,000 to 2,400 inmates with 200 to 300 employees. If true, that would be an extraordinarily small number of staff for such a large number of prisoners. The Maine State Prison has just over 400 workers — most of them guards — to deal with just over 900 prisoners.Remember the rule of thumb that you need roughly six employees to man one shift. So CCA would have approximately one guard for every 60 prisoners. Maine currently spends $41,000 per prisoner.