Private prison corporations are profiting from the opioid crisis


Lost in the end-of-the-year rush was pretty big news that says a lot about what the private prison industry is really about.

Just before Thanksgiving, the state of Kentucky signed a contract with CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, to reopen a prison, the Lee Adjustment center in the eastern town of Beattyville. The cost of the contract is relatively small — CoreCivic made $1.85 billion in revenue last year. But it highlights the core problem with private prison corporations: they’re in the business of human suffering.

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CACI, Inc.-Federal; General Dynamics One Source, LLC

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Decision

Matter of:  CACI, Inc.-Federal; General Dynamics One Source, LLC

File:  B-413860.4; B-413860.5; B-413860.6; B-413860.7; B-413860.8

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Challenging the Strength of the Anti-mercenary Norm

Challenging the Strength of the Anti-mercenary Norm

  • January 2018

Abstract

This article questions the prevailing view that there is a strong international norm against mercenary activity. We argue, instead, that international restrictions placed upon mercenaries are the tangential expressions of more basic and pervasive international norms, namely those of state neutrality, the right of peoples to self-determination, and freedom of movement. To buttress our claim, we draw upon documentary evidence specific to critical moments in the norms’ expansion, including the Napoleonic Wars to 1840, the Crimean War, and conflicts of national liberation in the decolonization era. The evidence suggests a broad indifference to mercenaries among policymakers during such pivotal periods. We conclude that the antimercenary norm grounded in moral objections is not as strong as its supporters suggest and often becomes compromised when national interests dictate.

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From Byron to bin Laden: A History of Foreign War Volunteers

From Byron to bin Laden: A History of Foreign War Volunteers

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 From Byron to bin Laden
 A History of Foreign War Volunteers

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5 of the deadliest mercenary armies throughout history

5 of the deadliest mercenary armies throughout history

By Cam Rea

Mercenaries are warriors who are paid for their martial services by a nation’s leader or other “employer,” and who get a little extra coin from the spoils of war.

Most mercenaries once fought in professional armies before joining the motley ranks of private forces. They have no allegiance to a nation unless that nation pays well, and even that is transient.

But throughout history they’ve been seen as skilled warriors — albeit dubious about ethical conduct — and have proven effective for leaders who need an extra punch in an all out fight.

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DoD reports spike in contractors in Iraq

The number of civilian contractors supporting U.S. and coalition operations in Iraq against the Islamic State is on the rise, even as major military operations there have ceased, according to new figures released by U.S. Central Command,

From January 2017 to January 2018 the number of Defense Department contractors in Iraq rose 37 percent, from 3,592 to 4,927, according to statistics CENTCOM released last week.

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No Trump windfall for private prisons yet, but some bet on gains

No Trump windfall for private prisons yet, but some bet on gains

FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor of the NYSE in New York Thomson Reuters

By Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – Investors who bet on private prison operators as big winners from Donald Trump’s tough line on crime and illegal immigration are looking back at a bruising year of high hopes and disappointment. Some, however, say the stocks still offer good value even though an anticipated windfall under the Trump administration so far has failed to materialize.

They say the two listed operators – Geo Group Inc and CoreCivic Inc – stand to win contracts from states struggling with prison overcrowding, such as Kansas and Oklahoma, and have plenty of room to accommodate new demand. Continue reading

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The Antiwar Comic: Mercenary Prince

The Antiwar Comic: Mercenary Prince

Read Scott Horton's new book Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan

Can and should we privatize war?  I’m thinking, no.

The Antiwar Comic:  Mercenary Prince

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Privatised Risks, Omnipresent Dangers

Privatised Risks, Omnipresent Dangers

The Western world has become obsessed with security risks, and one of the main beneficiaries are private companies that promise to protect us from “known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns”, as former U.S. Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld famously put it.

(Note: this text is an edited compilation of Professor Elke Krahmann’s answers to questions by the Green European Journal.)

In the early 1990s the end of the Cold War, globalisation, and a changing political discourse led to a shift in our perception of security threats and an inclination towards risk management. Continue reading

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A Short Analysis: What does the Private Security Sector have to offer the MOD?

Security Consultant | Specialist in Physical Security Design and Security in Complex Environments

It has been a hot topic for some time, and all the arrows point towards an increase in government security outsourcing within the not so distant future, with a critical consideration being the use of Private Security Companies within defence structures.

The National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Reviews 2015 (NSS & SDSR 2015) highlighted gaps within both military capability and capacity, and specifically welcomed private sector input into various defence problems and shortfalls. On behalf of the private sector, the public sector and the wider public, it is time to answer the question, what does the private security industry have to offer the MOD?

This short article aims not to describe the nuts and bolts services that the private security sector could provide to the MOD, but the strategic, capacity and capability enhancements that could be the benefit of the private public security partnership. Continue reading

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