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Should Privately Run Detention Centers be Allowed In Illinois?

A petition telling the State of Illinois to bar the privatization of detention centers in Illinois.

Illinois law currently bars the privatization of prisons in the state. But this law does not bar private companies from building detention centers used to house immigrants. Illinois understands that jailing people is a "uniquely governmental function," and that bringing profit motives into detention leads to mismanagement and abuse. Corrections Corporation of America ("CCA"), is currently trying to build  a detention center in the Chicago-land area and this is NOT covered by existing law.

That's why I created a petition to The Illinois State House, The Illinois State Senate, and Governor Pat Quinn asking that current law be extended to bar the privatization of civil dentention centers.

Will you sign this petition? Click here:



Elaine T.

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S March 05, 2013 at 04:21 PM
I agree with OakLawnGuy for the most part. If we don't want privatization, that leaves the government. Yet when the pension issue was raised for public employees, everyone was in outrage and promoted the notion that all unions were corrupt and running us into the ground. It appears that there's no middle ground; either the government and the unions which support them are the problem, or privatizing businesses and public services are the problem. America can't seem to decide which and is so uncomfortable with the notion of compromise that no matter what happens, the middle class will take it on the chin just as we always do.
Karen March 05, 2013 at 04:39 PM
You bring up good points. I feel judges should not be allowed to take 'donations' from anyone or any company. Our judicial system is so out of whack. Say you need to sue a corporation, that corporation 'supports' a judges campaign. Guess who gets to oversee that case? The only problem that I have with unions in the state government is that union workers are unable to be laid off. The state needs to downsize the amount of state workers yet we can't do that without a lawsuit due to the contract that the Governor signed.
M&M March 05, 2013 at 05:43 PM
The problem that I have with government unions is that when it comes time to negotiate a new contract, they may very well be negotiating with the same people they helped get elected. When the private sector unions negotiate a new contract, you better believe the company has hired a negotiator with only the companys best interest in mind.
Wendy 72 Mustang March 11, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Does anybody really trust the bozos making the decisions not to screw the public over for a fat envelope of cash? There are numerous examples of fraud regarding privatization.
Edward Andrysiak March 26, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I'm past the notion that only government can do some things or do them better. This is a matter of COST. A private prison would get X dollars per day. That would be what it costs the tax payer and if private operators can do it cheaper than the County and State...let them have at it! Stafrt be leaeing them the idle facilities in Joliet. Let government prisons house the violent offenders and put the civil disobedient ones in the private prisons. While we are at it...let's review the laws for giving prison sentences to non violent folks...like pot smokers for example. Fine them, heavily, instead of giving them jail time!


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