President Obama's plan isn't a certain deathblow for the West's oldest facilities. That's partly because a number of those units are already slated for closure.
The public is being kept in the dark about which states have applied for the lucrative grants, and what their actual track records are when it comes to preventing fraud and misuse.
Michael Ortiz holds an advanced degree in sociology. He works on equitable diversity initiatives for college institutions and writes about issues that focus on consciousness raising and empowerment.