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Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

Results from Democrats

Last answered 48 minutes ago

Private Prisons Poll Results for Democrats

Yes

2,105 votes

12%

No

15,604 votes

88%

Distribution of answers submitted by Democrats.

3 Yes answers
2 No answers
0 overlapping answers

Data includes total votes submitted by visitors since Jan 15, 2019. For users that answer more than once (yes we know), only their most recent answer is counted in the total results. Total percentages may not add up to exactly 100% as we allow users to submit "grey area" stances that may not be categorized into yes/no stances.

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Learn more about Private Prisons

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.  See recent Private Prisons news

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