Prison Guards Stop Transfers
This just in from the Sacramento Bee (as usual, if asked for login, humboldtlib is the username, blogspot is the password) : Looks like the California Correctional Peace Officer's Association, among others, filed a lawsuit to stop the transfer of our prison inmates to out of state prisons- the transfers being done to alleviate prison overcrowding that poses a threat to both the prisoners and their guards.
Just goes to show, as far as I'm concerned, that the CCPOA is one of the most dangerous public employee unions California has.
I know many on all sides of the political spectrum have problems with outsourcing of jobs out of state or overseas. Regardless, I'm wondering if we should take outsourcing one step further in the case of prison inmates?
How about we see if neighboring countries, like Mexico, wouldn't mind housing some of our inmates until their time is up? Oh, I know we've heard horror stories about Mexican prisons, but recently I've read otherwise.
I read somewhere that the Mexican criminal justice system is pretty informal with their prisons informal and less restrictive as well. I would think an American inmate might prefer to be in a prison where he might not be stuck in a cell so much of the time, assuming that's true.
Not only that but we could save all kinds of money. We could probably house an inmate there for a quarter of the cost, or even less, than what we pay in California. Hey, everything's cheaper in Mexico.
This might also open up some decent- at least by Mexican standards- paying jobs, thus keeping a few border crossers inside Mexico rather than trying to come here for work.
I think this is a great idea, but I'm willing to have anyone play the devil's advocate and tell me why it won't work. I can think of one reason it probably won't work right now: The California Correctional Peace Officer's Association wouldn't allow it.