Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from Kat Brady

 Remember the book that was published during the BUSH reign, What’s the Matter with Kansas?  Well, recent news from Kansas still has us asking this question… 

What’s the matter with Kansas? Kansas is moving forward* with an expensive 20-year contract with private prison corporation CoreCivic (formerly CCA). Last week, the state signed a lease-purchase contract, a form of “public-private partnership,” with CoreCivic to finance, design, build, and maintain a replacement facility for the 155-year-old Lansing Correctional Facility. This, after a state auditor estimated it would be $13 million cheaper to finance a new facility with traditional municipal bonds.

Here’s the article…

During a groundbreaking ceremony in Lansing, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer said the current Lansing prison had aging infrastructure increasingly expensive to operate and maintain.

By Tim Carpenter 

Posted Apr 19, 2018 at 2:08 PM Updated Apr 20, 2018 at 1:05 PM

            Gov. Jeff Colyer and other Kansas officials took concrete steps Thursday toward advancement of a 20-year agreement with a private prison development and maintenance company to replace the bulk of Lansing Correctional Facility.

            The two-year construction project will result in space for 2,400 prisoners on the current site of the 155-year-old prison in northeast Kansas.

            CoreCivic, which entered into a lease-purchase contract with the state, will finance the project and receive $14.9 million in the first year after completion. Payments to CoreCivic are to increase nearly 2 percent annually. JE Dunn Construction landed the design and construction contact.

            “The work that goes on behind these walls is vital to the safety of our state, and too often we don’t recognize the men and women of the Department of Corrections who perform these difficult jobs,” Colyer said. “With the rebuilding of this facility, we hope to make that job easier and more effective for them.”

            During a groundbreaking ceremony in Lansing, Colyer said the current Lansing prison had aging infrastructure increasingly expensive to operate and maintain.

            CoreCivic President Damon Hininger, who grew up in Lansing, said the modern approach to incarceration would prove safer for employees and be “more humane for the individuals who are serving time at the facility.”

            The new complex for male inmates will be staffed and operated by the state Department of Corrections, but it will be maintained by CoreCivic. At the conclusion of the lease period, the state of Kansas will take ownership of the prison.

            Joe Norwood, the state’s corrections secretary, expressed appreciation to the governor’s office and members of the Legislature.

            The project was initiated under then-Gov. Sam Brownback but attracted controversy because of CoreCivic’s checkered past and concern the Brownback or Colyer administrations would completely privatize the new Lansing prison.

            “The staff at Lansing have done an admirable job managing inmates and delivering services at this facility,” Norwood said. “The men and women who work here will continue to carry on the legacy of excellence at Lansing.”

            The new facility will have space for 1,920 maximum-security inmates and 512 minimum-security units.

This is scary…the executive branch is really pushing hard on public-private-partnerships (P3s) and we have to gear up to OPPOSE letting CCA/CorpseCivic, GEO and any other profiteers of misery into Hawai`i. Suit up, folks, this is gonna be a battle.

Love, Kat

“When the prison gates slam behind an inmate, he does not lose his human quality; his mind does not become closed to ideas; his intellect does not cease to feed on a free and open interchange of opinions; his yearning for self-respect does not end; nor is his quest for self-realization concluded. If anything, the needs for identity and self-respect are more compelling in the dehumanizing prison environment.”

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

(Procunier v Martinez, 1974)