Since the mid-1990s - through six legislative sessions and three gubernatorial administrations - Alaska's lawmakers have made more than a half dozen attempts to privatize prisons. These attempts have met with unfavorable public opinion. To date, the strength of public opposition has prevailed, and all private prison proposals have been defeated.
- Staying true to her campaign promise not to accept campaign contributions from Veco Corp, Gov. Sarah Palin received no money from the private-prison advocate and Alaskan oil field and services company during her 2006 gubernatorial race.