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Dan Rather Reports to cover private prison industry tonight

Dan Rather Reports, the HDNet investigative show by the longtime CBS anchor, will be covering the private prison industry on a show premiering tonight called "Bed of Controversy".  According to the press release,

HDNet’s “Dan Rather Reports” presents a unique look at how your tax dollars are fueling the “recession proof,” billion-dollar prison prospecting business. The episode reports on a federal agency charged with managing a detention system that this year alone will cost taxpayers $3.1 billion, a price tag that has doubled since 2003.   

The federal government has more than 90,000 people in custody on an average night, and only 25,000 beds to put them in.  So the U.S. Marshals, along with Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been outsourcing more than 65,000 detainees to a far-flung network of more than 1,800 state, local and private contract prison facilities.  The Marshals Service itself has custody of tens of thousands of prisoners, but does not own nor operate a single detention facility.   

While HDNet is a premium cable channel, the show will apparently be available on I-Tunes shortly after its 7:00pm CST airing.  We'll post a link when it's available.  

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