Clarity On The Issues

Privatized Prisons

Joe Kaufman For Congress Florida District 23

The issue of locating a privatized immigration detention center in Southwest Ranches is an illuminating insight into the deceptive and corrupt nature of my opponent, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. 

As a result of money her campaign received, Debbie was a staunch supporter of the project.

She actually wrote a letter along with Senator Bill Nelson in support of it. 

The project was to have a private corporation, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), build a prison-like structure in Southwest Ranches to detain illegal immigrants.

I stood strongly opposed to the project, especially due to the nature of the location. 

Southwest Ranches is a peaceful residential community comprised of homes, schools, and houses of worship. 

The idea of imposing a prison within a stone’s throw of schools occupied by the youngest of children was an abomination. 

Of course, the residents were in an uproar at the thought that their safe and quiet community would be subjected to the perils of such a place, not to mention the negative affect it would have on property values. 

In countless ways, the center was a nightmare for the residents of Southwest Ranches.

I stand with Tim Canova, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s primary opponent, who labeled Debbie’s support for the Southwest Ranches Detention Center a “bad decision.”

In many cases, private corporations have proven to be better managed and more efficient than entities run by the US government.

However, that has not been the case with privatized prisons.

Privatized prisons, in large part due to lack of competition, have a terrible track record in the US and have shown themselves to be completely unnecessary.

What is as well unnecessary is the mass imprisonment of those who are viewed as non-violent criminals.

We must not look at persons who suffer from drug addiction as ordinary criminals and potential inmates.

They are, instead, individuals who need help.

As compassionate human beings, our society should look to provide that help, rather than look to lock people away for being more harm to themselves than others.