Justice Inc.: Privately funded, for-profit traffic enforcement? iTraffic looking for toehold in AlabamaRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Oct 03 2012 5:23 PM
PRICHARD, Alabama -- Every day, thousands of commuters zip through on their way to somewhere else. The impoverished suburb of about 23,000 residents sits at the confluence of interstates 65 and 165, which connect Mobile to the more affluent --- or at least less poor --- suburbs in the north part of the county.
Few of those commuters stop at the modest restaurants, nail salons and used-tire garages that make up the bulk of Prichard’s tax base.
With a majority of residents hovering around the poverty line, and little legitimate money coming in from outside, the city’s budget hovers around $10.5 million, barely enough to provide basic police and fire protection.