For the record, I have never been arrested - but my son has.
The article that I posted the other day (about the man who was arrested in D.C. in 1971) is a reminder that problems with the law can stay on your record for a very long time. In my son's case, it was more than 19 years.
As I mentioned at the start of this thread, signing the First Step Act was one of the very few things that Trump did that was worthwhile.
Far too many people are in prison for the use of marijuana, and states are gradually removing the penalties - and expunging their records.
Joe Biden just announced that he is ending contracts with private prison companies at Federal facilities. Obama had done the same thing, but Trump reversed the decision (naturally).
NBC provided a good summary of the details of the decision at the end of January.
Breitbart, naturally, had a different take:
"Altogether, foreign convicts make up nearly 17 percent of the federal prison population, a total of more than 25,000, and most are from Mexico and Central America. Currently, nearly 14,000 of those foreign convicts are held in the privately-managed prisons contracted by the BOP.
The 11 privately-managed prisons include nine that are operated by the GEO Group, including three facilities that are already set to close within the next few months. The eight remaining privately-managed prisons’ contracts are set to expire later this year and in 2022. Biden’s order ensures none of those contracts up for renewal will be renewed.
Biden’s order “is a solution in search of a problem,” a spokesperson with GEO Group told Breitbart News in a statement:
For more than three decades, our company has provided high-quality services under a private-public partnership with the BOP. During this timeframe, our facilities, which are newer and more modern than the generally older government-run prisons, have helped the BOP meet the significant overcrowding challenges facing the federal prison system.
Our facilities have almost exclusively housed non-citizen criminal aliens convicted of federal crimes, thus allowing government-run facilities to care for U.S. citizens without significant overcrowding challenges.
Financially, the Geo Group was already on shaky ground.
The company's bottom line totaled $11.91 million, or $0.09 per share. This compares with $38.05 million, or $0.32 per share, in last year's fourth quarter.
Excluding items, The GEO Group Inc. reported adjusted earnings of $39.25 million or $0.33 per share for the period.
The company's revenue for the quarter fell 7.0% to $578.12 million from $621.71 million last year.
In August 2016, just after an Obama administration decision to stop contracting with for-profit private prisons sent its stock price tumbling, GEO Group, Inc., the country’s largest private prison contractor, donated $100,000 to a super PAC aligned with then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.
Through a wholly owned subsidiary called GEO Corrections Holdings, Florida-based GEO Group, Inc. – whose $2.33 billion in 2018 revenues would have been threatened had Hillary Clinton won and continued Obama’s policy – then gave another $125,000 a week before the election to the Trump-aligned super PAC, known as “Rebuilding America Now” and chaired by Florida’s then-governor and current senator, Rick Scott. When Trump won, GEO Group stock quickly rose 21%, and it gave an additional $250,000 to his inauguration committee.
Since February of 2017, GEO Group has grown to become ICE’s largest vendor, holding contracts worth $471 million in total. Meanwhile, GEO Group and its subsidiaries have given $550,000 to the Republican Senate Leadership Fund, $325,000 to the GOP’s Congressional Leadership Fund, as well as $275,000 to the New Republican PAC, which supported Scott through his successful 2018 Senate campaign in Florida.
The nonprofit Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint in 2017 with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), alleging GEO Group violated 75-year-old federal law prohibiting federal contractors from making political donations in order to influence federal law and policy in their favor.
Meanwhile, a Super PAC formed in March 2019 to support the re-election of Maine’s U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R) released the names of its donors as required by law. One of them was GEO Acquisition II, yet another subsidiary of GEO Group. The Collins-aligned Super PAC, known as “1820,” the year Maine was admitted to the Union, has already spent some $700,000 on media ads in support of the 67-year-old senator, who faces a strong Democratic challenger this November in 48-year-old state House Speaker Sara Gideon, who has already raised $4 million in contributions.
Although we would all like to have more Democratic senators, at least Susan Collins is a more centrist Republican, and has sided with the Democrats many times.