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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:11 AM

Private Prison Company Used in Drug Raids at Public High School



Corrections Corporation of America used in drug sweeps of public school students in Arizona.

November 28, 2012 |

In Arizona an unsettling trend appears to be underway: the use of private prison employees in law enforcement operations.

The state has graced national headlines in recent years as the result of its cozy relationship with the for-profit prison industry. Such controversies have included the role of private prison corporations in SB 1070 and similar anti-immigrant legislation disseminated in other states; a 2010 private prison escape that resulted in two murders and a nationwide manhunt; and a failed bid to privatize nearly the entire Arizona prison system.

And now, recent events in the central Arizona town of Casa Grande show the hand of private corrections corporations reaching into the classroom, assisting local law enforcement agencies in drug raids at public schools.



Trick or Treat

At 9 a.m. on the morning of October 31, 2012, students at Vista Grande High School in Casa Grande were settling in to their daily routine when something unusual occurred.

Vista Grande High School Principal Tim Hamilton ordered the school -- with a student population of 1,776 -- on "lock down," kicking off the first "drug sweep" in the school's four-year history. According to Hamilton, "lock down" is a state in which, "everybody is locked in the room they are in, and nobody leaves -- nobody leaves the school, nobody comes into the school."


"Everybody is locked in, and then they bring the dogs in, and they are teamed with an administrator and go in and out of classrooms. They go to a classroom and they have the kids come out and line up against a wall. The dog goes in and they close the door behind, and then the dog does its thing, and if it gets a hit, it sits on a bag and won't move."

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/private-prison-company-used-drug-raids-public-high-school

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Reply Private Prison Company Used in Drug Raids at Public High School (Original post)
MrScorpio Dec 2012 OP
Dems50State Dec 2012 #1
XemaSab Dec 2012 #2
woo me with science Dec 2012 #3
freshwest Dec 2012 #6
MotherPetrie Dec 2012 #4
Art_from_Ark Dec 2012 #5
sarisataka Dec 2012 #8
defacto7 Dec 2012 #7
Dawson Leery Dec 2012 #9
lonestarnot Dec 2012 #10
Kali Dec 2012 #12
lonestarnot Dec 2012 #14
Kali Dec 2012 #15
lonestarnot Dec 2012 #16
Skittles Dec 2012 #20
brush Dec 2012 #11
Kali Dec 2012 #13
Occulus Dec 2012 #17
woo me with science Dec 2012 #19
lonestarnot Dec 2012 #25
TheKentuckian Dec 2012 #18
Rhiannon12866 Dec 2012 #21
DollarBillHines Dec 2012 #22
lyingsackofmitt Dec 2012 #23
RomneyLies Dec 2012 #24
lonestarnot Dec 2012 #26
hifiguy Dec 2012 #27
Uncle Joe Dec 2012 #32
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #28
Rider3 Dec 2012 #29
think Dec 2012 #30
Ya Basta Dec 2012 #31

Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:14 AM

1. that state just wants to be the worst out there

 

creepy

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:15 AM

2. Looks like the video from Columbine

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:16 AM

3. Have we had enough yet, America? nt

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:24 AM

6. Clearly not. Look at this thread:

http://upload.democraticunderground.com/101783827

I just love the private sector, they do everything so much better than government, what a great replacement. No need for oversight, and it's NYOB whatever they do. Because it is THEIR business. America divided up into little fiefdoms by little bosses. Our libertarian paradise is at hand

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:18 AM

4. That photo made me feel sick to my stomach. Hope parents raise holy hell.

 

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:22 AM

5. I do, too

This is so wrong in so many ways.

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:27 AM

8. Why do they have the kids prone in the hallway?

If I were a parent of one of these kids I would kick the doors in. Prison searches are conducted with more dignity.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:26 AM

7. And what did they find?

I don't join every site that requires it. It there is a link, it should be available to all of us instead of trying to get us to join their particular ad scheme.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:27 AM

9. Horrible.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:28 AM

10. IMO and I'm no lawyer, but I think that every parent should sue this motherfucker of a state and the

gov. personally as she is probably trying to populate her for profit prisons.

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Response to lonestarnot (Reply #10)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:30 AM

12. they LIKE it

its all about keeping their precious spawn SAFE.

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Response to Kali (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:33 AM

14. No it's about lining their pockets.

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Response to lonestarnot (Reply #14)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:38 AM

15. no I mean the parents

read my little story in that AZ thread

unbelievable

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Response to Kali (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:53 AM

16. Not believable. You are right on that account. I do not believe you.

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Response to lonestarnot (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:28 AM

20. you're awesome, lonestarnot

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:29 AM

11. Insane state

Arizona just gets crazier and crazier. The rebirth of the 'Brownshirts' has begun. Isn't this illegal? These people have no law enforcement authority. We're not in the cowboy movies where you 'deputize' citizens to form a posse. God, I'd hate to live in that state.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:00 AM

17. I cannot reply to this thread using the language I'd like to use

Last edited Tue Dec 4, 2012, 02:31 AM - Edit history (1)

because my language would essentially be a call for these students, and any future such, to use physical violence on these walking bags of shit, these lowlifes, these fuckers, these total and complete wastes of 206 perfectly good human bones.

Nobody can right this now that it's done. I guarantee you all we will hear this story again from elsewhere.

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Response to Occulus (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:13 AM

19. +100000

Have we had enough yet, America?

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Response to Occulus (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:52 PM

25. I like your guarantee!

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:10 AM

18. Intolerable

Way off the tracks.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:31 AM

21. Talk about a "culture of fear..."

Must be terrifying for a whole lot of kids...

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 03:42 AM

22. Way to go, schools...

Jump on it...

Glamorize it.

Everybody get down.

Neither of my sons graduated HS.

But they have become wealthy because of this kind of bullshit.

Deny it, multiply it...

Dumbasses...

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:28 AM

23. The more they do this sort of thing

in the schools, the more kids think it's normal and they accept it. No foreign governments or organizations threaten American freedom more than ourselves.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:30 AM

24. Privatizing law enforcement is the second worst practice government ever engaged in.

 

The worst is privatizing the military.

This shit has to stop, and soon.

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Response to RomneyLies (Reply #24)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:53 PM

26. Not unless we stop it.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:55 PM

27. Is it fascism yet?

Yeah, I think so.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #27)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:38 PM

32. I was going to either post that or "Got fascism?"

I think so as well, hifiguy.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:01 PM

28. This makes me sick to my stomach

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:09 PM

29. Disgusting

This is a school -- not a prison. WTF is in the water in that state?

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:09 PM

30. Disgustingly un-Ameircan or at least it should be.....

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:10 PM

31. LOL If I were still in school I'd be inclined to wear this

 










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