Majority of Florida state senators rejected magical math of prison privatization

Despite how silly it is to claim that significant savings mystically spring forth from involving thousands of idle, unnecessary people in the delivery of a service, many Florida legislators successfully got their self-serving prattle – that prison privatization would indeed save Floridians millions via magical math – in print.

If there’s was a clearer, more callous way for the snake oil senators (and some of the media) to tell corrections professionals, “We never valued you to begin with, so just deal with it … ” I sure can’t think of it.

Prison privatization is cruel to the people that are actually necessary to provide the delivery of the service; it fires them from jobs they currently hold and then hires them back at low wages with few benefits … their pensions disappear. At suddenly lower wages, their mortgage obligations are no longer affordable; the same goes for car payments and other contractual obligations. They’re ruined, overnight.

Other workers get ruined soon after, when they lose their jobs to prisoners that are rented out as a low-ball labor force for manufacturing, agricultural and other work.

Meanwhile, the idle, unnecessary people soak up what necessary people once were reasonably paid … not quite soaking up everything at first, because they must show figures to validate the magical math – initially. Later the idle and unnecessary will soak up all the difference, and then some. And then some more. They’ll lobby for tougher sentences for soft crimes to keep prison head counts high. They’ll lobby to incarcerate undocumented workers. They’ll lobby and lobby until our shameful stats worsen … with 5% of the world’s population, we incarcerate 25% of the world’s population.

If I had the means, I’d arrange a twenty-one gun salute for the 21 Florida state senators that said “no” to prison privatization. They said “yes” to real math, “yes” to appreciating professional work, “yes” to Floridians keeping their jobs, “yes” to keeping tax dollars in Florida, “yes” to all the right stuff.

Thank you, Senator Braynon,

Thank you, Senator Bullard,

Thank you, Senator Dean,

Thank you, Senator Diaz de la Portilla,

Thank you, Senator Dockery,

Thank you, Senator Evers,

Thank you, Senator Fasano,

Thank you, Senator Gibson,

Thank you, Senator Jones,

Thank you, Senator Joyner,

Thank you Senator Latvala,

Thank you, Senator Margolis,

Thank you, Senator Montford,

Thank you, Senator Oelrich,

Thank you, Senator Rich,

Thank you, Senator Ring,

Thank you, Senator Sachs,

Thank you, Senator Siplin,

Thank you, Senator Smith,

Thank you, Senator Sobel,

Thank you, Senator Storms.

About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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