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Published: Friday, March 8 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

If prisons end up being privatized, we the people, who are ultimately the employer, should dictate the terms of compensation, not just paying for warehousing criminals, but rewarding the prison operators for outcomes that benefit society, like successful rehabilitation, reduction in recidivism rates, separating the dangerous prisoners who should stay behind bars from those who do not pose a significant threat to the public and who could be released to become productive members of society.

Wonder
Provo, UT

The funny thing is, private prisons are more expensive for the state than if the state just ran the prison (see Arizona's experience). This is not about saving costs; it's about enriching some legislators' cronies. BAD idea if your goal is saving the taxpayer money.

Sal
Provo, UT

Thomas,
Perhaps the prison will only be managed by the private company and not the prisoners. They are probably still under the jurisdiction of the courts, right?

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

A public prison has the financial incentive to rehabilitate and get prisoners OUT asap, and to have as few prisoners as possible.

meanwhile --
What incentive would a private prison have, to get prisoners out, and stay out, when they are being paid on a per head stipend? (none)

And how about stirring things up?
Secretly creating more crime, and making more prisoners to drum up and create even more business?

Sounds like Mafia economics 101 to me.

-- a really REALLY bad idea.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Wonder" if we were able to operate more state prisions like Joe Arpio does, then we could drop the cost of state prisons.

In some states the private prisons have saved money. See "Private Prisons Found to Offer Little in Savings" in the NY Times. They found that Florida saved money by privatizing its prisons.

one old man
Ogden, UT

But ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), which is funded in large part by private prison companies, has already told our legislators that this is something they must do.

Who is to question the word of ALEC?

Answer: We all NEED to question it. And vote out of office any legislator who is a member. That would mean getting rid of most of current legislators.

But that would certainly be a good idea even if ALEC was not involved. Our legislature comes up with enough loony ideas on their own. They don't need help from ALEC.

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