Private Capitol Punishment

The Florida Model

by Ken Kopczynski



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/1/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 128
ISBN : 9781418415679

About the Book

A true story of corruption, politics and for-profit private prisons

This must read book into prison privatization is the firsthand account of the uncovering of corruption leading to the largest civil penalty at that time by the Florida Commission on, the discrediting of the academic “guru” and Wall Street darling of prison privatization, the resignation of the executive director of the state agency that oversees the private prisons, and the authors thrust into the position as a leader in the fight against the private prison industry.

Ken Kopczynski describes in detail, backed up with copious documentation, how he unraveled the financial dealings of Dr. Charles Thomas and his relationship with the private prison industry. Follow Kopczynski as he pieces clues together exposing how the private prison industry came into being and how they used Thomas and C. Mark Hodges, Executive Director of the Florida Correctional Privatization Commission, to promote the industry.


"If this book were only about individuals whose greed led them to run

afoul of ethics rules and who were hoisted on their own petard, it would

be interesting but not nearly as important as it is. What makes this

cautionary tale that deserves to be better known is the way Kopczynski

reveals patterns in the way that for-profit prison vendors do business." 

Correctional Law Reporter, April/May 2004.

About the Author

Since 1993, Ken Kopczynski has been a Legislative and Political Affairs Assistant for the Florida Police Benevolent Association, the largest collective bargaining agent for law enforcement, correctional and correctional probation officers in Florida. He lobbies on behalf of officers, conducts research and analysis, and provides campaign consulting. Ken is also the Executive Director for the Private Corrections Institute, established to educate the public about the for-profit private prison industry.

Ken received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the Florida State University with a minor in Political Communications in 1992.  He is married to Dr. Penelope Kirby, an assistant professor of mathematics at Florida State University.  They have two children, Tristan and Katriana, a dog, a hamster, and a house full of cats.

Ken is an artist who paints, sculpts and makes jewelry. He also likes to play the piano and guitar whenever he can.