Are private prisons good for America?
Not even once. And neither is a private army, private fire departments, or private police departments.
As someone with a masters in Criminal Justice, I can comfortably say the answer is no, and I sincerely hope people don't actually start thinking it's a good idea.
I went to the academy with a guy who had a masters in criminal justice. He failed out of field training. Maybe you should consider posting a *reason* for your belief rather than relying on an appeal to authority.
3G - prisons are the institutionalization of the loss of one's constitutional rights. No way that should be left to private industry.
Their incarceration isn't. That's up to a judge and jury. Once behind bars, what difference does it make who signs their jailer's paycheck? They serve the time they were sentenced to.
It has the potential to be, and business that has competition will even become highly efficient, or cease to exist
If the city/state/federal government is going to use prison as punishment they damn well better be prepared to manage it, and its inhabitants; not pass that responsibility off to some other organization and claim innocence when abuses occur.
Not a good idea. That jus encourages prison owners to get as many "customers" as possible to maximize profit.
Private prisons can't arrest anyone, or sentence anyone to jail. How do they get these "customers," exactly?
This same argument is always made. It baffles me why anyone would agree with it in the face of the obvious logical fallacy.
they use their money to influence laws & sentencing, thus increasing their "customers"
Unless you're suggesting they bribe judges, all they can do is lobby like any other business. They aren't the only ones arguing for tougher penalties.
well funded lobbyists tend to get what they want.
Hell to the no. Private prisons are one of the very worst things about America.
Yeah :( I hate that we allow this.
I completely agree.
Will one of the 75% of Republicans who like the idea please explain why in hell?
I'm not republican, but the idea is that private prisons will compete with each other by increasing their rehabilitation rates and running more efficiently. Higher rehabilitation/efficient prisons would receive more business.
Because private companies run more efficiently and there's no downside to contracting out.
Private prisons earn profit based on how many inmates they have. More inmates ? more profit. Doesn't sound like a good plan to me.
Do you think they're sending out vans to kidnap people? Lol
No. It results in harsher sentencing though.
So, they're blackmailing judges to make them hand out longer sentences. Gotcha.
I heard prisons are lobbying for harsher sentences. I'm not sure if it's true or why they would need to lobby when the drug war is making them so much already.
Exactly they are lobbying for harsher sentences and stricter laws etc. Think 3gun.
Is there proof of them lobbying? I never saw any, but I also never looked.
One reason our drug laws are so harsh is because of the prison lobby.
So what. Anyone can lobby for their business. Mandatory minimum sentences were out in place in the 80s to combat a surge in drug use. There wasn't any "prison lobby" then. Face facts, you have nothing to stand on here.
Private prisons spend 10s of millions of dollars on lobbying to affect laws and policies that will maximize the number of inmates they have. How is this prison profiting system beneficial to society?
They profit at the detriment of freedom.
I don't agree with the lobbying. But the politicians should have the ethical backbone to stand up for what's right.
They are torture chambers.
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They're terrible for America.
The idea that someone profits from the incarceration of others belongs in the third world, not in supposedly the most "free" nation on earth. One that creates more jailbirds than any other country.