I must confess I am not sure who promoted a “private” and for-profit prison system and it is not my intent to condemn. Even though I don’t know names, I feel certain the logic and how it was promoted went like this, “We all know our government is wasteful. We know our government is inefficient. Doesn’t it only make sense to turn over the prison system to private enterprise since they make cost effective decisions?”
So here we are. According to the Pew Center for the States, in 2007 the United States, which has 5% of the world’s population, has 25% of the worlds prisoners. This equates to 1 prisoner out of 31 people in the US.
Some states are drastically higher. According to a CNN article, Georgia has 1 in 13 adults in the states “corrections” system.
So one could ask, “Wasn’t it foreseeable that prisons would be like every other ‘private’ business that exists to earn a profit? And to seek to earn more and more profits?”
I am certain, not only has a for-profit prison system been the inspiration for increasingly tough laws, but it has also caused corruption and conflict of interest. This CNN article describes one such case, I am sure there are others we don’t know about yet. (Yahoo link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200902... )