NJDOC Privatization/William Palatucci

This is interesting. – promoted by Rosi

One of the targets of the Christie privatization task force has been the New Jersey Department of Corrections.

Any wonder now?

PolitickerNJ’s #1 Power Broker is William Palatucci.

He is described as Governor Christie’s main confidant.

He is also on the management team for CEC, Inc. The Community Education Center, Inc. (CEC, Inc.) runs privatized Halfway houses and Prisons throughout the country.

The Billion Dollar New Jersey Department of Corrections would be a nice “plum” for CEC ,Inc.

Of course you will only hear how CEC, Inc. is there only to save the taxpayer money!

Whitman had Parsons (family connections), Christie might be having CEC (#1 Buddy connection)!

Watch out Corrections Department!


Comments (5)

  1. speedkillsu

     because there more coming where this came from.

  2. Bill Orr

    CEC as I have mentioned here before already operates numerous correctional facilities in NJ under contract with the State and county governments. Palatucci is a CEC Sr. Vice President, close Christie confidante/fundraiser, and party operative. Expect CEC to win additional lucrative state contracts. Do not expect Christie to be concerned about this conflict of interest.  

  3. firstamend07 (Post author)

    What a huge gift to a life time friend!

    Discard correctional officers, social workers, teachers, civilian personnel. Hire back half staff at half cost. Make  hundreds of millions of dollars in profits and then leave the prison system dangerous and in shambles ( remember Parsons and DMV!).

    The Unions representing these workers have been warned. Will they sit back ,as they did in the past, or will they object right now?

    Various RFP’s are being worked on at the present time.

    CEC,Inc. is a powerful enemy to have ,especially when the crown jewel ,the NJDOC ,is now going to be attainable.


  4. firstamend07 (Post author)

    Here is the future if William Palatucci ,the Gov’s good buddy,and hsi company Community Education Centers, gets it hands on the NJ Dept. of Corrections:

    Delaware County prison makes sixth accidental release of inmate

    Published: Saturday, September 04, 2010

    0diggsdigg ShareThis0By Alex Rose, Journal Register News Service

    What do six inmates at Delaware County’s George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornbury have in common? They were all accidentally released ahead of time – the sixth just this past Tuesday.

    “It’s outrageous. It’s offensive and we are only by the grace of God lucky at this point in time that we haven’t had an incident with one of these people getting out, committing an additional crime or hurting someone, quite frankly,” said Delaware County council Chairman Jack Whelan. “Our luck is going to run out unless we’re able to address this problem.”

    Prison Superintendent John Reilly said Tagland’s admittance paperwork did not indicate he was to be transferred back to New Jersey.

    Reilly said Tagland’s release was due to “an internal paperwork issue” because someone in the classifications department must have received his IAD form, but it never funneled through the system to records.

    In a release Friday, District Attorney Michael Green demanded the prison, county and court system “address this public safety concern immediately.”

    “No reasonably trained employee should ever release this prisoner, regardless of how Tagland’s Delaware County case was concluded,” the release said. “Clearly, Tagland was to be taken back to his New Jersey prison at the conclusion of the Delaware County proceedings.”  »

    Tagland was also clearly wearing prison garb when he came in, said Reilly, which should have tipped someone off that he was not to be released.

    He said the sergeant who authorized the release has been disciplined and Community Education Centers Inc., the private, for-profit company managing the prison to the tune of nearly $43 million annually, is currently overhauling the records department.

    Spokesman Chris Greeter said CEC is in the midst of reviewing and “rapidly implementing major changes designed to improve the facility’s release process.”

    Though he did not go into what those changes are, he said the company is investigating the myriad variables of prisoner admission and release.

    “The important thing that I like to stress is this is a large-scale process,” he said. “It is ongoing.”

    Tagland’s accidental release was particularly embarrassing due to Whelan’s declaration just the day before that “a stricter, more fail-safe policy” had been instituted after the prison revealed two other inmates were mistakenly given their walking papers in July and August.

    The first inmate to be released this summer, murder suspect Taaqi Brown, surrendered after 12 hours of freedom on June 21. Two other inmates had also been released but are back in custody, according to Reilly.

    “This is the culmination of years of systemic problems we now have the opportunity to solve,” said Reilly. “This is a fabulous issue to underscore what the problems are. It’s not just a records clerk, or policy and procedure, or a privately run prison – it’s a systemic issue.”

    Reilly said part of CEC’s records overhaul will be to make inmate release a security measure rather than a clerical responsibility, requiring the hire of six to eight additional security personnel at CEC’s expense.

    He also directed CEC to review all 6,400 releases at the prison this year to determine if any other mistakes had been made.

    Whelan added CEC will be held accountable if the system is not fixed. He said the county could look at initiating a breach of contract action or taking over release operations if CEC cannot show demonstrable improvements.

    “They have a contract with us. We’re paying them to do this. They should be doing this, just like any other vendor,” he said. “If they seem not to be able to do the job, then we will be looking elsewhere for another provider.”


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