Should prisons be run for profit by corporations?

Question by itsamini1: Should prisons be run for profit by corporations?
This has already lead to a juvenile judge being bribed to send more kids to prison. The corporations are paid by the number of prisoners and has lead to cruel cost cutting measures.

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Answer by prekinpdx
Absolutely not. This is a job of the state, not of a private corporation. I was about to point out the corrupt judges who threw all the kids into their friends juvenile detention facility, but you already mentioned it. Many state that governments job is to keep people safe – prison systems do just that – it is the job of the government to do this.

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8 Responses to “Should prisons be run for profit by corporations?”

  1. Chip Douglas says:

    nope as much as a Hate the government that would be wrong because they would pay off cops to arrest more people

  2. Think Outside the Ballot Box says:

    I’d have a lot less of a problem with it if they didn’t make most of their money jailing 19 year olds for smoking pot (who, btw, end up in the same cells as rapists and murderers.) Private prisons are the biggest supporters of the disastrous War on Drugs and by putting these non-offenders away with the scum of the earth they in-turn create MORE scum. A 19-year old pothead might have never hurt anyone, but put him in poundmeintheass prison for 5 years then release him broke and unemployable and… well, I’d like to see how anyone thinks they are better for it.

  3. Max Hoopla says:

    Think chain gangs. Prisons are a government function that is inherently contrary to profit motives.

  4. N says:


    Justice should never be privatized.

  5. brown9500v17 says:

    Some are, and they don’t do a very good job.

    [Private companies in the United States operate 264 correctional facilities, housing almost 99,000 adult offenders.[13] Companies operating such facilities include the Corrections Corporation of America, the GEO Group, Inc, Cornell Companies, and Community Education Centers. The GEO Group was formerly known as Wackenhut Securities.
    Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) has a capacity of more than 80,000 beds in 65 correctional facilities. The GEO Group operates 61 facilities with a capacity of 49,000 offender beds,[14] while Cornell Companies has 79 facilities to service 19,226 adult and juvenile offenders in secure containment and community-based corrections.[15]
    Most privately run facilities are located in the southern and western portions of the United States and include both state and federal offenders]

    [A study by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics found that the cost-savings promised by private prisons “have simply not materialized.”[22] Some research has concluded that for-profit prisons cost more than public prisons.[23] Furthermore, cost estimates from privatization advocates may be misleading, because private facilities often refuse to accept inmates that cost the most to house. A 2001 study concluded that a pattern of sending less expensive inmates to privately-run facilities artificially inflated cost savings]

    [By funding and participating in ALEC’s Criminal Justice Task Forces, critics argue, private prison companies directly influence legislation for tougher, longer sentences.[27] The legal system may also be manipulated more directly: in one case (Mid-Atlantic Youth Services Corp) a private prison company was found guilty of paying two judges[28] $ 2.6m to send 2000 children to their prisons.]

  6. uncle meat says:

    jail should not be a pleasant place…
    the more unpleasant it is, the less likely that inmates will want to return.

  7. Elle says:

    No they shouldn’t. Imagine, they would want to lock up people just for farting. If you have a privately run prision you cannot longer guaranteed fairness because profits will be put right in front of the justice. Not that it is much different now but at least not as bad. The rich still walk free while the poor are jailed for life for the same crime. Just look at OJ and you tell me.

  8. Aegis of Freedom says:

    Sure, why not?
    The government does not own road building equipment, they contract it out to private companies.
    The government does not build government buildings, they contract it out to private companies.
    The government does not build tanks and airplanes, they buy them from private companies.

    I see no reason the government could not contract out the management of prisons to a private company as well.

    [edit] I”m confused by all of the thumbs down, maybe I didn’t express my view clearly enough. Obviously, the justice system itself should not be privatized, but prisons are just buildings and people, these things can be privatized. Take road building as an example. Clearly the government decides where and when to build roads, but they don’t actually own the equipment or have the employees to build them, they hire private companies to do that. This same principle could be applied to prisons. The government would still control who goes to prison and for how long, but they could contract out the physical buildings and employees to a private company, exactly like they do with road construction.