Whereas this article talks of the never ending political struggle to privatize as many aspects of the prison program as possible, there are a couple of key points that are apt to escape the reader’s attention.
‘…Tucker wants to let Corizon and Wexford prove they can save the state money.
“Our core mission is security. I’m not a hospital administrator,” Tucker said.
Tucker, who was Scott’s pick to replace the ousted Ed Buss as leader of the prison system last summer, hopes to complete the project before he retires in March 2013, but he isn’t sure it will happen.
Tucker, a 57-year-old career cop, is already the agency’s fifth leader in the past six years….’
Why Ed Buss was ousted has never been explained to the best of my knowledge and 5 heads of DOC is a major problem of consistency while the system is in a major state of transition. Compounding this is the fact many of the heads at DOC have been eliminated which further disrupts the internal consistency of operations.
Then there is the problem of taking out the one of the only two profit centers within DOC to hand it over to an outside medical service companies. Questionable when to the best of my knowledge that no like contract has proven to be cost savings.