Decatur Daily. June 6, 2021.
Editorial: Ivey’s prison plan comes up short
It’s back to square one for Alabama’s effort to reform its crumbling prison system.
Last week, time ran out on Gov. Kay Ivey’s plan to have private companies build new prisons that the state would then lease and operate. The subsidiaries of CoreCivic, one of the nation’s largest private prison companies, that would have built the facilities, were unable to obtain financing for their proposals in time to meet a June 1 deadline.
Just as most pharmaceutical companies no longer want to be associated with capital punishment, making it difficult if not impossible for states to obtain drugs they need to carry out lethal injections, finance companies no longer want to be associated with the private prison industry — even if the state is still running the show.
Private prisons have for years…