Private prisons are incarceration centers that are run by a for-profit company instead of a government agency. The companies that operate private prisons are paid a per-diem or monthly rate for each prisoner they keep in their facilities. In 2016 8.5% of the prisoner population was housed in private prisons. This is an 8% decline since 2000. Opponents of private prisons argue that incarceration is a social responsibility and that entrusting it to for-profit companies is inhumane. Proponents argue that prisons run by private companies are consistently more cost effective than those run by government agencies. In 2017 President Trump reversed an Obama administration directive to gradually reduce the number of contracts with for-profit prison operators, saying it would interfere with meeting the demands of the prison population. In January 2021 President Joe Biden signed an executive order which banned the Justice Department’s use of private prisons. In 2020 the Justice Department paid more than $945 million to private prison companies.
I believe that this could be very risky for the prisons. I mean, most prisons are filled with bad people, correct? But if we hand a company a prison, lots of things could go wrong. Let the officers, wardens, etc deal with their own prison.
Private companies running their own prisons sounds pretty suss, but I can imagine that the government overseeing all of this work would be very costly and probably not executed at a high level. More likely, there should be high standards set by the government that then private prisons would have to obey and follow.
I think a little bit of both because you would have to do back round checks on every one so there will be no jail breaks or criminal escapes I also know that people get busies so there will not be enough people to run the prison.
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