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Chong Number
Come on -- if you're a DEA agent, do you really want to be raiding South Central LA? A guy could get shot! Okay, so there's a lot of life-and-death crime prevention to be done there. And, sure, you'll get there -- right after you do your part to keep drug-related gangland murder out of the Pacific Palisades.

Posted by aalkon at December 6, 2003 6:49 AM


"Chong begins the third month of a nine-month stretch at Kern Countys Taft Correctional Institute, which, in the 1990s, became one of the first federal prisons to be privatized. (Taft is owned by the Wackenhut Corrections Corp. [...]"

I'd like to know more about this -- the fact that the writer put "owned" in quotation marks make me wonder what he meant by "privatized." Is the prison indeed owned by a private company, or is the gov't just contracting with them to operate it? I still think it's incredible that there's such a thing as for-profit prisons -- you can buy shares in them! If any of you bloggers out there know more about such things, I'd love to hear you on it.

Posted by: Lena at December 7, 2003 9:24 AM