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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 8:24 pm

So you thought that private prison companies were operating several corrections facilities for the state of New Mexico? Think again. They are being run by “real estate investment trusts.”

And don’t think of the people living in cells in the private prisons as “inmates.” Under the new arrangement, at least in the eyes of the federal tax system, they are “renters” — though New Mexico taxpayers are paying their “rent.”

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6 comments:

  • henry griswold posted at 6:00 pm on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 212

    now, they can give 30 days notice whenever they want?

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 1:59 pm on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 482

    Speaking of prisons, is it my imagination or did the PRO-ILLEGAL immigration Santa Fe (new) Mexican pull the article on the Mexican dentist ILLEGALLY practicing dentistry in the United States?

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 12:12 pm on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 641

    So inmates cots are considered rent, are the hots considered per diem?

     
  • Stephen Hauf posted at 8:14 am on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    willabee Posts: 24

    Prison- renters rights? I would love to see an advocacy organization pursue this as a means of improving living conditions in private run prisons- especially in the area of overcrowding. Packing inmates into cells like rats goes way beyond vengeance justice. Packing murderers in cells like rats only leads to more murder.

     
  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 7:35 am on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    joehempfling Posts: 126

    Does that mean you can now make a reservation for a room with a view, room service and all the other amenities that come with being a tenant ? including a key to the front gate ??

     
  • karl hardy posted at 4:17 am on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    karl hardy Posts: 42

    so does that mean that they have "renters rights"

     
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