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@97ZFPQ6Democrat from Washington agreed…2mos

Private prisons make their owners wealthier by getting more prisoners and spending less on them.

Public prisons are accountable to the voters.

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No, private prisons will sacrifice quality of care and rehabilitation services for profit

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Yes, but they should be strictly regulated to prevent mismanagement and corruption

@98SRY34Independent from Tennessee answered…7 days

No, but eliminate contractual occupancy quotas for government run prisons. Too many people are in U.S. prisons.

@98Q87M8Socialist from South Carolina answered…2wks

@98NDWHZ from New York answered…2wks

either way people make money, at least the private companies don't lie about it

@98G9D6Bfrom Maine  answered…1mo

@98FNKJ7 from Florida answered…1mo

No, private businesses should not profit off the punishment of criminals.

@98CFQ6G from Michigan answered…2mos

No, they are the government's property at that point and should stay that way until free, if given the opportunity.

@989XT3TLibertarian from Illinois answered…2mos

Private prisons have no onus to want prisoners to leave. Ever. I see a huge conflict of interest here. And this hits home for me, I live 10 minutes from one.

@989M5G8 from Ohio answered…2mos

Licensed social workers should run prisons, or others that have degrees in psychology or sociology.

@988Z9LBDemocrat from New York answered…2mos

Yes, so long as they are regulated to prevent mismanagement and corruption AND are focused on rehabilitation to limit re-offenders

@988Q29R from New Hampshire answered…2mos

Not unless they are providing rehabilitation services and documenting their recidivism rate.

@9862F5V from Missouri answered…2mos

@9854KZB from Washington D.C. answered…2mos

@984XFB3 from Nebraska answered…2mos

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.

@984PLMTIndependent from New York answered…2mos

Private companies can be more closer to the criminals and have a larger effect on them; it can lead them to change their ways. States can focus more on other things.

@97XXBJB from Florida answered…2mos

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.

@7YS3KJPIndependent from Arizona answered…2mos

No, but they should be strictly regulated to prevent mismanagement and corruption.

@97X8SFX from Pennsylvania answered…2mos

Yes, but should be strictly regulated to federal standards and guidelines.

@97X2S8J from California answered…2mos

Regardless, a formerly private company working for the government is a public actor.

@97WDXMJRepublican from Maryland answered…2mos

No, we should abolish current prisons and return to biblical imprisonment policies

@97W2MYQLibertarian from Colorado answered…2mos

No, private prisons continue to make revenue with repeat offenders so rehabilitation is not an incentive.

@97TYQYZ from Texas answered…2mos

@97TBGKL from Michigan answered…2mos

No, they may or may not provide a better quality of care. More importantly, the private prisons could be bribed by or side with the criminals or other dangerous organizations.

@97N7TM6 from Washington answered…3mos

No, private prisons have poor conditions and are for profit organizations designed to be cheap labor and offers little to no rehabilitation.

@97MFZFX from Michigan answered…3mos

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.

@97LZWCT from Maryland answered…3mos

No. If the state can sentence them, then the state can incarcerate them.

@97HTKL7 from Texas answered…3mos

No there should be a separate agency that runs prisons with citizen oversight and advisory with power to sanction questionable actions of prison personnel.

@97KGX3M from Texas answered…3mos

No, America has a mass-incarceration issue that thrives with the privatized prison system.

@97G6FMV from New York answered…3mos

Only if they are disincentivized from keeping recidivism rates high and incentivized to reform prisoners.

@97FTLXM from California answered…3mos

Before deciding on public or private we should know what we actually want them to accomplish and have a way to measure success.

@97CQS54 from Ohio answered…3mos

There should be no private companies doing prisons. And prisons should not be for profit...!

@97CPRSD from Kansas answered…3mos

No, capitalizing the prison system is a bad idea and would make accountability more difficult.


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