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