Is anyone really worried about this? Running prisons has always been the governmnent’s job.
If a private company can run a prison it means it’s a business. A business that’s listed on the stock exchange and has share holders. Some companies are privately held. A business is for profit, right? So to generate profit they will need more and more prisoners to fill their cells. I can easily see how this will influnence legislation in the US. We all know the corruption that takes place, the last thing we need is another powerfull lobby group influencing policies that may reduce the ammount of arrests for simple things like cannabis possesion. Let’s face it, it’s getting easier and easier to slip up and fall down in the good old USA, and can we really be suprised? After all we imprison more people then any other opressive regime in the world, we live under the threat of “screw up once and go to jail”.
Already the laws have been influenced, IMO. Minnimum MANDATORY sentencing guarantees income to shareholders of prison companies. What’s the point of even having judges anymore? It’s all by the numbers people. [/quote]
Are you worried about privately held prisons, or getting arrested for smoking weed?
Competition breeds innovation and efficiency. I think privately held prisons aren?t a bad idea at all when the prison system is as overcrowded as it is. Minimum mandatory sentencing has virtually nothing to do with privately held prisons–it is intended to give judges a sliding scale of sentencing and to act as a deterrent for would-be criminals. It also expedites the deathly slow legal system. You extrapolating all this to a “big brother” scenario with privately held prison corporations (which corporations are they by the way?) is ridiculous. Do you even know the percentage of prisons that are privately held?
Do you know the difference between a prison and a jail?
Do you know what kind of planning, technology, and operations management goes into running a prison, and how difficult it is to make any sort of profit? You can’t just say “we’re a prison!,” throw a bunch of dudes in a U-Store-It unit with some Hostess snack cakes and start collecting federal monies. I don’t know if any of these corporations are even traded publicly, but it sure would take a lot of convincing to make me a shareholder.
I’m not saying that you’re wrong, I’m just saying that you didn’t really do your homework and you don’t really know what you’re talking about.