Thursday: State Senate Committee to Hold Hearings on Private Prisons

Via Grits, The Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee will be holding hearings into the oversight of private prisons this coming Thursday. The information is here:

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice

TIME & DATE: 1:30 PM, Thursday, October 11, 2007 see updated info here

PLACE: E1.016 (Hearing Room)

CHAIR: Senator John Whitmire

This of course all comes in the fall-out of the scandal and ultimate closure of GEO's Coke County Juvenile Justice Center, where youth were found living in filth, and a string of ongoing problems at private prisons in Texas.

Texas Prison Bid'ness will be there covering the story (and possibly testifying). Expect to see private prison lobbyists in full force as well, as GEO has already dispatched them to the capitol to spin Coke County as an injustice against the company. We hope to see some of y'all there as well.

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