- Feb 16, 2008
- Reaction score
- Western NY and Geneva, CH
- Political Leaning
The relevant difference between CCA and a law enforcement agency is that, rather than serve the public good, CCA’s mandate is simply to produce profit for its shareholders – by incarcerating people. As a result of the Vista Grande High School raid, three students were arrested and may well end up in a CCA-run facility. CCA may then use a portion of the taxpayer money paid to incarcerate the former students to lobby for stricter sentencing laws, to fight legalization measures, or even to support legislation mandating greater funds for high school anti-drug enforcement.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Whether a sweep like this is conducted by a private prison company or law enforcement officers makes no difference to me whatsoever -- I find such sweeps despicable in either case, and in either case the individuals conducting the sweep have a financial incentive to arrest as many people as the law allows.
Don't take the title too literally, because obviously we want whoever is conducting such a raid to have a clean criminal record, to be honest in their practices, and to be professional in their conduct. Additionally, I'm betting most of us can agree the military shouldn't be involved in such raids. I'm just wondering what's the difference between having a private firm with a financial incentive and a public institution with a financial incentive conduct these raids.[/FONT]