Below is an email from Christina Bullins, a MoveOn member and corrections officer in Florida who created a petition at SignOn.org that is getting a lot of attention and may be of interest to people in your area. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.
Some Florida legislators are rushing full steam ahead to enact legislation, specifically SB 2036 and SB 2038, that would privatize governmental services and agencies without public input. They are trying to pass these bills as early as this week.
This scheme starts with immediate plans to privatize 29 prisons in 18 counties in south and central Florida with no exit strategy should things go wrong. No other state in our nation has given contracts to private prisons at even close to this level.
The bills would squander taxpayer money to reward political donors and drive up unemployment. And as a corrections officer I can say with first-hand knowledge that privatization will undermine public safety.
Did you know that private prisons do not chase escaped inmates past the perimeter like the public prisons do, which means more escaped prisoners in our communities? And private prison corporations have often failed to live up to legal requirements in the past. This bill will just make the problem worse.
That’s why I created a petition to the Florida State House and Senate and Governor Rick Scott on SignOn.org, which says:
I oppose SB 2036 and SB 2038, bills being pushed by corporate lobbyists to privatize governmental services and agencies without public input. These bills will compromise public safety, cause unemployment, and hurt communities and small businesses across Florida.
Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:
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