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Is it reasonable to privatize prisons and prison management?

  • Too Much Money

    The cost is out of control. And what California is paying gaurds is unreasonable. I have teachers in my family, a six year degree, and prison guard guard family member, a six week training program. Who makes more, the guard. Let's end this nonsense.
    And what of the care cost of the prisoners. We as state tax payers, are putting more of our money in prisons, than our schools. Schools in fact my be the one way to keep people out of prisons in the first place, so all of this makes no sense.

  • Why not just improve them instead of banning them?

    Private prisons were made because of the overcrowding problem and with the intention of making a profit. Can't we just improve them to meet the standards of a government-run or state-run facility? Also, if we ban them, where will the prisoners go. You probably would say... Government or state facilities. But they take 3 to 4 years to build. We can't just have felons running around commiting crimes. Anyway,if we transfer them to the already built, those will probably be way overcrowded. According to a study, most government or state run facilities are overcrowded by more than 100%!!! Then build more facilities. Those take too long to build. As i said before, we cant have felons running aroung committing crimes for 3 whole years!!! So why not just improve them?

  • Yes it should be privatized

    The taxpayers ( it could be your parents or it could be you) are paying money and it cost a lot to feed guards and keep its facility going so I think prison should be privatized. In that way the government can actually use that money in other ways such as hospitcals and schools which create jobe for people in the country.

  • It is reasonable to have privatized prisons, as they can operate more efficiently than under the government sector.

    Privatized prisons are reasonable and offer several advantages. The most obvious is that it would take away some cost burden from the state, as the private sector would front some of the costs and, in all likelihood, run a much more efficient program than the government. Secondly, the private sector would have an incentive to put prisoners to work doing basic labor to generate a profit. This would stop prisoners from sitting around all day, building up tension, and give them discipline and skills that could be used upon their release.

    Posted by: EminentBennett93
  • Prisons and prison management could easily be privatized, and maintained much more efficiently.

    It would be of some help to local, state, federal governments to privatize prisons and the management of such. By hiring companies to run and manage the prisons, the states and counties that are expending large sums of money to operate these facilities could save a lot of money in the long run. A private company could manage the prisons much more effectively, and with a lot less expense, than the establishments that are currently running and managing them.

    Posted by: ep0xihusky
  • Privatization of prisons is reasonable.

    Privatization of prisons and prison management is reasonable. From a financial standpoint, private business can always operate cheaper than the government because the private business is motivated by profit. While government prisons cave in to prisoner demands, private prisons have ways of defeating prisoner demands. If a Muslim prisoner demands halal food, he is told that the only facility that has a halal kitchen is in another state. If the prisoner truly wants halal food, he is transferred; but, if he is just making trouble, he eats what is offered and stays within visiting distance of his acquaintances and family.

    Posted by: jackprague94
  • Yes, privatizing prisons is a good plan to take some of the burden off the government.

    As long as the law is followed and rights are protected, I don't see any reason why prisons couldn't be run by private corporations. This could free up government funds for other projects. I think this could be done successfully, although I think that parole boards should still be government-run. Prisons could be privately run, but with a certain amount of government oversight/supervision.

    Posted by: PinkMych
  • Yes because private businesses do a better job than the government in running businesses.

    If our prison system were treated like a regular business venture and run by capable companies, undoubtedly it would be run better than it is now. Private companies would be held responsible and the prison "franchise" would be given to another company if it was not successful. This is what motivates companies to perform well- the desire for continued revenue.

    Posted by: NettN355
  • Privatized prisons offer the possibility for effectiveness and efficiency.

    Ever visited a local branch of the DMV or tried to mail something quickly at the post office? Don't be surprised if these thoughts conjure up bad memories. As with most government programs, efficiency and positive outcomes are the exceptions rather than the norm. The one government entity that does function well and achieves true results is the military. Why does the military differ from other arms and branches of the government? One word: Privatization! Most aspects of the military are subcontracted to the private sector, such as weapons development. Different companies compete with one another for lucrative government contracts. To win these, one company must out produce and perform competitors. The result is a superb and effective product that is second to none. The same pattern will follow with prisons as different competitors seek government contracts. The winner will operate an effective and cost efficient facility.

    Posted by: snuggle muffin
  • I support the option of privatizing prisons and prison management as the private sector may well manage the penal system more efficiently and effectively than the public sector.

    I support the option to privatize the penal system. Many government departments put out to tender the building and management of government responsibilities. The opportunity to have private corporations actively bid along side government agencies will result in a more financially responsible and better managed system. A tender system would give government departments equal opportunity.

    Posted by: R3n5God2iIIa
  • Money is All People Think About

    Privatized Prisons will be run by individual people. These people would want money and will not spend any time in the care of the prisoners.
    They will have less food, less care, and less rights.
    If the prisons are privatized, all the prisoners in the prison will be mistreated, and that is not right.

  • Private Prisons are inherently unjust for workers, prisoners, public policy, and taxpayers

    For-profit prisons are inherently unjust, unnecessary, and counter-productive. First, the goals of maximizing profits are almost always at odds with the traditional goals of the criminal justice system such as: offender rehabilitation, reducing recidivism, increasing public safety, lowering crime rates, and ensuring our laws our sensible, fair and just. Additionally, the profit-motive involved tends to fuel the industry’s conflicting influence on public policy, for example, in the area of immigrant detention. (See: Lee Fang, http://www.Thenation.Com/article/173120/how-private-prisons-game-immigration-system#axzz2ajTXoEy0 How Private Prisons Game the Immigration System, The Nation, February 27, 2013.) Additionally, the "cost savings" claimed by the for-profit prison industry, which is many times artificially inflated (see: Michael Hallett, Ph.D. & Amy Hanauer, http://www.Policymattersohio.Org/wp-content/uploads/2001/05/Prisrpt.Pdf Selective Celling: Inmate Population in Ohio’s Private Prisons, Policy Matters Ohio, May 2001. Is generally achieved at the expense of the workforce (by paying lower wages and benefits; See: just google "correctional officer wages private prison comparison"), the prisoners (through increased civil rights abuses; see: Lana Nassar, http://www.Humanrightsadvocates.Org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Human-Rights-Implications-of-Private-Prisons.Pdf HUMAN RIGHTS IMPLICATIONS OF PRIVATE PRISONS Human Rights Advocates, February 2013.) and the public (for example, by substandard facility security allowing the escape of violent prisoners; see: D.M. Levine, http://money.Cnn.Com/2010/08/17/news/economy/private_prisons_economic_impact.Fortune/ What's costlier than a government run prison? A private one], CNN Money, August 18, 2010.)

    Prisons either need to be run by the government, or run by NON PROFIT organizations. Think about it, if the for-profit prison industry gets government contracts by offering to perform these services CHEAPER AND they make a profit on top of that, WHERE do you think that money comes from? It has to come from somewhere... And it does. To do so, they must cut corners, CHEAT, pay less, under-staff, reduce services, withhold medical care (just google this, it's scary). I could rant on this forever. It's just WRONG WRONG WRONG

  • Quality over Cost

    You are sacrificing safety and well being to save a few dollars. Instead of cutting corners on prisons we should reconsider who goes to prison in the first place. If you want to save money this is not the place to do so. Those that truly belong in prison should be securely put, so that they can not harm anyone else.

  • Prisons should stay government

    Private prisons look to cut costs in every way hurting the corrections officers and also jeopardizing public safety. Prisons should be left alone the way they are. They should be maintained as a government function. Private organizations are like leaches looking to suck money out of any avenue they can. Not even thinking about security risks. They run on skeleton crews and treat workers bad.

  • Racism being created

    For profit-prisons create racism. According to npr.Org, UC-Berkeley graduates found out that profit-prisons are packed with young people of color. Looking back at the contracts the private companies signed with the states, Petrella figured out the reason behind the racial disparity: private prisons deliberately exclude people with high medical care costs from their contracts. According to huffingtonpost.Com, more than 60% of people in proft-prisons are African American or Latinos, despite that the population of African Americans and Latinos are 30% of the US. They do this because they have higher crime rates, and are healthier than other people. Healthy prisoners have less or no medication costs, making profit. Young people won't die so much, and can live much longer, also making profit for the owner of the prison. Just because of your skin color and age, you can get into a profit-prison, which may have bad facilities.

  • Racism being created

    For profit-prisons create racism. According to npr.Org, UC-Berkeley graduates found out that profit-prisons are packed with young people of color. Looking back at the contracts the private companies signed with the states, Petrella figured out the reason behind the racial disparity: private prisons deliberately exclude people with high medical care costs from their contracts. According to huffingtonpost.Com, more than 60% of people in proft-prisons are African American or Latinos, despite that the population of African Americans and Latinos are 30% of the US. They do this because they have higher crime rates, and are healthier than other people. Healthy prisoners have less or no medication costs, making profit. Young people won't die so much, and can live much longer, also making profit for the owner of the prison. Just because of your skin color and age, you can get into a profit-prison, which may have bad facilities.

  • Society puts people in prison, so society should closely control the prisons.

    There is nothing against contracting some services: this is normal and has always happened. However, the overall management and day-to-day control of prisoners' lives should remain in the hands of the organisation that puts prisoners there: ultimately, the government on behalf of the people. Anything else leads to a discrepancy in the motivations for running prisons, which must ultimately be damaging for society.

  • The business doesn't make any profit

    A prison as a business would not be able to make the profit to enable it to continue operation. Without having a product and only being able to offer the service of prison incarceration, it would't be able to make the revenue required. In the event of a prison being privatized it's only customer/consumer would be the country of which wishes to store it's prisoners within. If the prison was indeed needed to go privatized it was probably because the country was in a state of recession which would mean it would not be able to afford to pay the now private company prison the fees of keeping the prisoners inside.

  • F The Corporation

    Why not NON_Profit does the same thing? Why must someone profit on the punishment of the government. I think its morally wrong and it should stop. Companies get greed its human nature the more you have the more you want. There will be a certain point where they cant get more efficient what happens next? Get more prisoners? Thats the only way they can survive once they hit the efficient level 0 they will. Corruption and alot of corruption.

  • No, bad idea.

    It leads to hidden costs that private organizations put back on the government. They lobby for longer prison sentences, do not treat workers as reasonable as the state, and manage to put many companies already under contract with the state out of business. They are a band-aid for the real problem which is crime and why people are being sent to prison in the first place.


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