On June 12, 2018 at 7 pm at 315 Clay Rd., Lititz, PA, concerned residents of Lancaster County will deliver petition signatures to the Lancaster County Commissioners in support of the below resolution. We are asking the County to protect our community by supporting Resolution 38* and resolving not to contract with private prison companies. For-profit prison companies like GEO Group, which is currently the only bidder for re-entry services in Lancaster, have proven to be negligent and harmful in their duties to communities across the country. We believe it is in the interest of both the County and its residents to ensure a future free from the bad practices of for-profit prison companies.
*This Resolution was adapted from a similar resolution passed by Tucson City Council on May 8, 2018
RESOLUTION NO. 38 OF 2018
A RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO THE PRIVATE OPERATION OF DETENTION CENTERS AND CORRCTIONAL OR REENTRY FACILTIES AND TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF PRIVATE CORPORATIONS FOR COUNTY DETENTION, SUPERVISION, OR REENTRY SERVICES
On motion of Commissioner _____________, seconded by Commissioner _______________,
WHEREAS, the County of Lancaster works diligently to support, promote, and protect basic human rights for all who reside, work, and study in Lancaster County; and
WHEREAS, the County Commissioners support programs designed to decrease our reliance on detention, which have proven to provide better outcomes for the community and offenders, increased public safety, and reduced recidivism; and
WHEREAS, other jurisdictions have contracted with private, for-profit corporations for operation of their detention and correctional facilities but have not experienced reduced populations, better efficiency, or other promised successes; and
WHEREAS, national and state reviews have shown that contracting with private for-profit corporations to operate correctional and detention facilities does not save money when all aspects of affected justice systems are taken into account; and
WHEREAS, studies have shown that private for-profit correctional and detention facilities generally have fewer correctional officers and medical specialists than equivalent government-run facilities, reducing the safety of the officers, detainees and the public at large, and impairing detainees’ welfare; and
WHEREAS, private for-profit correctional and detention corporations have little accountability to taxpayers and lack transparency regarding their operations and treatment of detainees; and
WHEREAS, reentry services are being increasingly integrated into criminal justice systems, play a critical role in reducing recidivism and increasing public safety, and cannot be considered separately from decisions concerning detentions and corrections:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA that private operation of correctional, detention, or residential reentry facilities will not be permitted anywhere in Lancaster County, and the County will not participate in any contract that includes private operations of these facilities. The Board of Commissioners further opposes expansion of privatization of reentry services and pledges not to participate in any contract that allows for private contractors to operate reentry programs or reporting centers in Lancaster County.
ADOPTED__________________, by the Board of Commissioners of the County of Lancaster, Pennsylvania in lawful session duly assembled.
Joshua G. Parsons, Chairman
William Peters, Chief Clerk Dennis P. Stuckey, Vice Chairman
County of Lancaster, PA
Craig E. Lehman
Board of Commissioners of
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania