The big (empty) house
A new prison set to open in Stewart County, Ga. next month will have everything a correctional facility could need ... except prisoners. The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports in the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION that Corrections Corporation of America -- the subject of a recent exposé in Mother Jones -- is near completion of a $45 million medium-security prison that is apparently the result of a miscommunication.
"This was just a speculative project; we just don't need the beds right now," said Georgia's corrections commissioner. The fact that there was never a written agreement for the prison's construction did not deter CCA from building it. Construction is now at a standstill, with two-thirds of the facility completed.