Sunday, August 15, 2010

The prison escape and passing the blame

Hat tip to Donna at Democratic Diva for unearthing this nugget...

In the aftermath of the abysmal failure of one of Arizona's privately-run prisons to protect Arizona (and the rest of the country) from violent inmates (and the deafening silence on the subject from Governor Jan Brewer and the private prison lobbyists "advisers" in her cabinet), one of the Republican themes has been to blame former governor and current U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.  The inmate classification system that allowed violent inmates to be placed in a privately-operated prison meant for DUI and low-level drug offenders was originally created while she was governor of Arizona.

There's only one problem with that.

As Donna found, available on the website of the Arizona Department of Corrections, the current classification system was revised and updated on February 25, 2010.

Guess who was Governor on that date, and had been Governor for more than a year at that point? 

Give you a hint - it wasn't Janet Napolitano.

BTW - the push for privatization continues unabated.  The ADC's website still contains a page for the information associated with a "request for proposals" (RFP) for the complete privatization of correctional health services.

BTW2 - The warden of the private prison and a security chief/staffer have resigned in the wake of the escapes.  However, as they work for a private prison company, I don't know if they are out of the prison/corrections field altogether or will be reassigned to another location within the parent corporation's portfolio.


pneal said...

Do your homework before posting your bullshit.

cpmaz said...

What about my post was bullshit?