Politics

John Oliver Tears Into Rick Scott for Private Prison Stance

Daily Show alum John Oliver's new HBO show Last Week Tonight is only on its 11th episode, but obviously a comedy program poking fun at politics and the news can only go so long until it features a few Rick Scott jokes.

On Sunday's episode, Oliver dug into America's prison fetish, and particularly went hard on private prisons run by the Geo Group. Scott, of course, has been pushing for prison privatization in Florida and just happened to be holding a fundraiser at Geo Group president George Zoley's home last night.

The part on Florida starts at the 12:00 mark.

Oliver pointed out that a Geo Group prison in Mississippi was shot down once by a federal judge who found that the prison operators "allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate."

But, "in the interest of fairness," Oliver pointed out that Geo Group won one an award from the State of Florida signed by Scott. Then he went in on the attack on the governor.

That fundraiser Scott attended at Zoley's Boca Raton mansion last night? Yeah, it was picketed by protestors.

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Kyle Munzenrieder