Linking the Private Prison Lobby to Arizona, Yet Againby cell-out-arizona on Oct. 28, 2010, under Arizona, Immigration, Lobbyists, private prison, Privatization, SB 1070
Still not sure that private prison companies hold sway over Arizona law making and state legislators? It’s even worse than that. Meet the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. As Laura Sullivan of NPR shows in her article below, SB1070 was drafted at an ALEC meeting with the specific idea of creating more immigrant detainees to be held in private prison facilities such as those of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) who is one of many member organizations to ALEC. Another Arizona notable is Russel Pearce, who was the original sponsor of SB1070 even though what was eventually passed was “almost word for word” that which was drafted at a previous ALEC meeting. For all the sordid details read Sullivan’s piece below.
Prison Economics Help Drive Arizona Immigration Law
Laura Sullivan, October 28, 2010, NPR
Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Arizona a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico border, offering a deal.
Glenn Nichols, the Benson city manager, remembers the pitch.
“The gentleman that’s the main thrust of this thing has a huge turquoise ring on his finger,” Nichols said. ”He’s a great big huge guy and I equated him to a car salesman.”
What he was selling was a prison for women and children who were illegal immigrants. (More…)