Obviously this is a place where most people don't give a damn, except about their money and their stuff and maybe their own people. That was sure my impression when I was there, based on only one week in Scottsdale, for sure. I kept waiting for someone to say they gave a damn, but no one said they did.
The ordeal of an imprisoned woman in the Arizona private prison system, as reported on Al-Jazeera, is disgusting. Take a look if you can stand it. If not, take my word that it is revolting. And there is medical neglect and deaths in prison that no one is ever held to account for. Mr. John Kavanagh doesn't think there is a problem.
State Rep. John Kavanagh wrote the legislation that privatized Arizona's prison health care. We asked him whether he thought it had put inmates in danger.
“I mean, people die in prisons,” he said. “I receive a lot of handwritten notes from prisoners. I receive emails from prison families with all sorts of allegations of crazy behavior. And then, you call the prison people up and they usually have a reasonable explanation for it.”
Well that settles that!
I'm sure glad I don't live in a place where such heartlessness is just an everyday matter. He does not even pretend to care.
I just hope Governor Abercrombie gets all the inmates out of the private prison for Hawaiians in Eloy, Arizona, and opens up more beds here, as he promised. Re-opening Kulani, the prison here where I worked as a teacher, is a good step, and that will happen in 2014. What I favor is building medium sized prisons on each island. No megaprisons! And with plenty of well-trained staff and programs of all kinds for rehab and re-integration of prisoners. Sending those people to the state with the worst and most uncaring people imaginable in corrections, which was the contribution of ex-Governor Linda Lingle, is a blot on the reputation of this state.
McCardle's outrageous defense of privatized prisons. This is the typical kind of reactionary stuff that Ann Althouse goes in for, too. You go, gals. It makes me twice as mad when women do this as when men do this, because they know better and are just doing it to get ahead. They are consorting with the worst kind of men and telling them what they want to hear
I wonder if the prisoners in Arizona are getting all the porn they want, the way they did in a Minnesota prison, as an inmate told me once. He loved it. His own cell, his own toilet, his own TV and VCR, his own porn. Now he was grumbling because he was back at Kulani on the Big Island and had to go through programs and get his high school diploma. And share a dorm and the toilets, too. And no porn but plenty of the real thing, though maybe not exactly what they would like.
It is clear to me that most of the people who decide how prisoners are going to live have no direct experience of prisons or prisoners. Or if they do, they don't give a damn.
OOPs. It looks as if I have maligned Arizonans. Plenty of them think Kavanaugh is their worst legislator ever, though some say there are other hot contenders. They really have got to stop electing Republicans in that state. Clearly, Kavanaugh uses the guns, god and gays thing and a lot of silly legislation to cover up his real purpose, which is to make his rich friends richer by privatizing as many government services as possible.
More on Kulani: The facility will be re-opening in July, 2014. I am not enamored of the new warden, who strikes me as an opportunist, to put it kindly. I never thought that highly of her, and we never got along. Considering what the stakes are, however, I wish her all the success in the world.