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Startling patterns of violence, cost cutting

Politicians promised 7 percent savings if Florida sent prisoners to private operators. Strip away the state’s contrived formula for costs, and promised savings vanish.

By Pat Beall - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

PROFIT, POLITICS, PAIN — Huge profits and sweet setups for Wall Street darlings; rape, squalor, murder in lockups — and the price for Florida taxpayers

To a state grappling with crowded prisons and a ballooning crime rate, it was an irresistible offer: Farm out management of Florida prisons to for-profit corporations.

Efficiency, not bureaucracy, would be the new normal.

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Staff researchers Niels Heimeriks and Michelle Quigley contributed to this story.


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