After Tuesday's conversation with VLCIA Executive Director Andrea Schruijer, I went to Thursday's Industrial Authority board meeting expecting to hear something from the board about the private prison. What I heard:
The only thing a board member said about it was Chairman Roy Copeland reminding me that the board didn't answer questions in Citizens Wishing to be Heard.
Earlier, Col. Rickets did say that the current contract with CCA for the private prison expires March 13th, and that meanwhile CCA can either request a third extension or CCA could send a Notice to Proceed (NTP) to VLCIA before March 13th. Remember, CCA has, according to the contract, CCA has
"absolute discretion"for issuing that NTP.
Col. Ricketts added that in staff's discussions with CCA, CCA had indicated they were mulling it over internally, and VLCIA should "stand by" for CCA's next move.
That's right, your local Industrial Authority, whose staff and land purchases are funded by your tax dollars, should stand by waiting for a private prison company to tell them what to do.
And the Industrial Authority board's silence is an answer: they said nothing different from their previous vote for the contract to bring in this private prison; nothing different from their previous acceptance of the first and second option extensions; and nothing in objection to what Col. Ricketts said.
So your tax-supported Industrial Authority wants a private prison in Lowndes County, Georgia.
Do you want that? Do you want a private prison with fewer guards per prisoner