Thursday, October 05, 2006
Governor Imports Terminator's Inmates
As Hummer announced it was planning layoffs at its South Bend plant, Governor Mitch Daniels announced a deal he had struck with California Gov. Arnold "The Terminator" Schwarzenegger to import 1,200 medium security prisoners from the Golden State to Indiana's New Castle Correctional Facility. New Castle is managed by a private contractor, GEO, so most of the $6.2 million California will pay to Indiana will go to GEO. The addition of these inmates will put New Castle at full capacity. I guess New Castle will be taken off the table permanently as a place where Marion Co. can house its inmates to help alleviate jail overcrowding at its two primary jails. I'm still trying to figure out how this deal helps Indiana. Can anyone help me out?
And please don't say it's economic development. That will not help out our state's image in the least bit.