“What happens if you privatize prisons is that you have a large industry with a vested interest in building ever-more prisons.” -- Molly Ivins, 2003

Liberty County Republican Wants Private Prison out of County Jail

Leon Wilson, a lifelong resident of Dayton, announced his candidacy yesterday for Liberty County Commissioner (The Vindicator,"Wilson Announces Candidacy for Liberty County Commissioner, Precinct 4"). Wilson is running as a Republican for Precinct 4. 

If elected, Wilson wishes to bring the Liberty County Jail back under county control and stop the "waste of millions of dollars" associated with privatization. 

Liberty County has a troubled financial history with regards to the county jail. The county's efforts to decrease the jail population has been thwarted due to their contract with Community Education Centers (CEC), the company that previously operated the jail,  As the jail population decreases, the cost per prisoner increases. 75th District Court Judge Mark Morefield had this to say about the contract:

One (private prison) bid said that if the inmate population goes below 200, the cost per inmate goes from $63 to $68 per day. If we work really hard to decrease the inmate population, the cost will go up to $70 per day...[t]hey are taking all the incentive out of it.

Wilson has served with the Liberty County Police Department, the Liberty County Sheriff's Department, the Department of Public Safety, and the Harris County Attorney's Office and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

GEO Group to Release 2013 Financial Results

The GEO Group, based in Boca Raton, Florida, will release its fourth quarter 2013 financial results before the market opens on February 19, according to Market Watch. GEO has also scheduled a conference call and a webcast for 10:00 AM (EST) that day.

The following GEO representatives will host the call: George C. Zoley, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder; Brian R. Evans, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; John M. Hurley, President, GEO Corrections and Detention; and Jorge A. Dominicis, Senor Vice President, GEO Community Services.

In order to participate in the teleconference, contact one of the following numbers five minutes before the start time:

1-888-680-0869 (US) OR 1-617-213-4854

Conference Call Participant passcode: 94725232

Also fill out the pre-registration questionnaire here

The webcast can be viewed at on the Conference Calls/Webcasts section of GEO's investor relations page. An audio replay of the webcast will be available there for one year. 

A telephonic replay of the conference call will  be available from February 19 to March 19. The replay numbers are are 1-888-286-8010 (U.S.) and 1-617-801-6888 (International). The passcode for the replay is 27948243. 

Questions can be directed to GEO Group at 1-866-301-4436. 

 

Corrections Corp. of America schedules quarterly investor conference call for February 13

Corrections Corporation of America has scheduled its 2013 4th quarter investor conference call Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10am CT.  The investor calls are accessible through CCA's investor website and webcasts are generally made available in the days following the call.  

These calls are often important gauges of where the industry thinks its future lies, whether its in expanded immigration detention contracts, out-of-state transfers from states like California, or increased state contracts.  It will also be interesting to see if the loss of CCA contracts to operate the Dawson State Jail and Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility - together more than 4,000 prison beds - will impact the company's annual bottom-line.   

Top 10 Prison Industry Lobbyists in the Lonestar State, 2013 edition

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Last January, Piper revealed the top 5 private prison industry lobbyists in Texas in 2012: Lionel Aguirre, Michael Toomey, Frank R. Santos, Lara Laneri Keel, and Dean McWilliams. 

According to the Texas Ethics Commission's records for 2013, several of the aforementioned legislators have continued to lobby for the private prison industry, and several more names have come across our radar as well. 

1. Lionel Aguirre  

Aguirre received $25,000 from both Correctional Healthcare Companies, a private corrections healthcare company, and Correct Rx Pharmacy Services, which provides institutional pharmacy services. Aguirre also received $50,000 from GEO Group in 2013. Aguirre is registerd as a lobbyist for GEO Care, which claims to provide mental health services. He has served as a lawyer for GEO Group in the past and has and has received fat paychecks from them in recent years.

2. Tied: Lara Laneri Keel and Michael Toomey  

Keel and received $50,000 from the Corrections corporation of America (CCA) in 2013. In 2011 and 2012, Keel took $50,000-$100,000 from CCA. Keel is also a member of the Texas Lobby Group and the director of the Texas Conservative Coatlition Research Institute.

4. Michael Toomey 

Toomey received $50,000 from CCA in 2012, and is allegedly close to Rick Perry.

5. Frank R. Santos

Santos, who refers to himself as the top Hispanic lobbyist in Texas, received $50,000  from GEO Care, a division of GEO Group that operates state psychiatric hospitals for civil and forensic patients. GEO Group operates seven detention centers and twenty prisons in Texas.  

6. Dean R. McWilliams  

McWilliams received $25,000-$49,999.99 from Community Education Centers (CEC), the same company that operates the Polk County Detention Center in Livingston, TX. He held a contract with CEC in 2011 and 2012 for $50,000-$100,000, and is the co-founder of McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants. He is also proud of his service on the Legislative Budget Board Task Force on Health Care, as well as on the Lieutenant Governor's Task Force on Prison Overcrowding.

7. Allen Place 

Place, who is a newcomer to this list, received $25,000-$49,999.99 from Management and Training Corporation (MTC). According to the Texas Tribune Lobbyists Directory, Place has also received money from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Texas Land Title Association. 

8. William J. Miller 

Miller received between $10,000 and $24,999.99 from GEO Care, a divison of GEO Group that provides mental health care. Williams is a government affairs consultant in Austin

9.  Gabriel G. Sepulveda 

Sepulveda, a consultant based in Austin, received less than $10,000 from the GEO Group in 2013. Goodman, also a consultant in Austin, also received less than $10,000. Goodman has also received money from the Juvenile Justice Association of Texas. 

10. Christie L. Goodman 

Goodman, also a consultant in Austin, also received less than $10,000 From GEO Group. Goodman has also received money from the Juvenile Justice Association of Texas, whose website is sponsored by Abraxas, a GEO Group company that operates juvenile facilties.

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