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the High Court of Justice approves a private prison, Africa Israel and Minrav can expect a return on investment of 6 -10% a year over the 25-year NIS 1.5 billion franchise.
Guy Yamin 30 Apr 06 11:59

If the High Court of Justice approves the private prison, Africa-Israel chairman Lev Leviev and Minrav chairman Avraham Kuznitzky will become the first individuals in Israel to operate a private prison in the country. Under the terms of the tender, Africa-Israel and Minrav will build the prison and operate it for 25 years, under the PFI (private finance initiative) method. The state will pay the two companies for each prisoner during the franchise period. The contract will be worth at least NIS 1.5 billion, while the cost of building the prison is estimated at NIS 250 million.

Africa-Israel and Minrav are expected to make an annual return on investment of 6-10%. Construction of the prison is scheduled to begin early this year, and end within three years. Located south of Beersheva, the prison will house 800-1,000 low and medium-security prisoners. Since this is the first tender of its kind in Israel, implementation will be monitored, and, if successful, the government might privatize another prison in northern Israel.

The Ramat Gan College Human Rights Department argues that privatizing prisons grants the franchisee clear governing authority, including the use of force, including lethal force; restricting freedom, including the use of solitary confinement; and restricting the privacy of both prisoners and visitors. These authorities are the nucleus of the modern state’s sovereignty and authority, and conceding them contravenes Israel’s Basic Laws, which ban the transfer of prisoners from the state’s authority to a private entity driven by the profit motive.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes.co.il - on April 30, 2006
 

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I am so against this.. :(
 
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