It was a bad idea when it was tried and failed in Arkansas before and it’s a bad idea now, but a Republican state senator appears intent on outsourcing Arkansas correctional work to an outside corporation. 

This meeting doesn’t currently appear on the Arkansas General Assembly website’s calendar.

But be advised of this note sent in behalf of Republican Sen. Eddie Joe Williams: to members of the Legislative Council:

Senator Williams would like to invite the committee members to attend a tour of the Wrightsville Unit on Friday, October 31, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. The purpose of  this trip is for LaSalle Corrections to provide the committee with a cost analysis on how much they would charge to run the unit. This is not a committee meeting.

Here’s some insight into how LaSalle profits in Louisiana.  They run prisons cheap. Rehabilitation and human rights aren’t high on the agenda.