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.
Aviva Stahl is a Brooklyn-based independent journalist. She primarily writes about the intersection of the war on terror and the prison industrial complex.