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Old 06-16-2015, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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The prison-industrial complex is so out of control that private prisons have the sheer audacity to order states to keep beds full or face their wrath with stiff financial penalties, according to reports. Private prisons in some states have language in their contracts that state if they fall below a certain percentage of capacity that the states must pay the private prisons millions of dollars, lest they face a lawsuit for millions more.
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The report found that 41 of 62 contracts reviewed contained occupancy requirements, with the highest occupancy rates found in Arizona, Oklahoma and Virginia.
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:59 PM
 
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I think we are around 97% capacity with a long line from the county jails waiting to pull chain. The private prisons don't have to worry about OK not keeping their beds filled.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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what would happen if weed was legalized?
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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what would happen if weed was legalized?
People charged would no longer be told they better find a good lawyer, because they're looking for up to life in prison for intent to distribute.

If people NO longer want Oklahoma to be one of the most imprisoned places in the world, then stop voting for politicians who take campaign money from private prison companies. It could have started with voting out Gov. Fallin last Nov., since she took more prison money than anyone else. But voters had to keep her. Maybe the majority of Oklahomans want more people in prison, especially over drugs. But what are they willing to sacrifice to in order to have the funding to sustain doing that as the population of Oklahoma continues to increase with a Republican taxation policy that tends to have less revenue coming in, rather than more?

If Oklahoma Republican legislators are actually making insane, irresponsible contracts with private prison companies to keep them full or pay them a penalty, then that is added reason to vote them out. Or would you rather not do that, and, instead, lend them a hand by hoping something you have been doing from time to time is made a felony?
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