Sheding the Light on the Privatization of Prisons from the Costs Point of View

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In 2013 a paper from authors, Kish and Lipton discuss the title: Do private prisons really offer savings compared with their public counterparts? The purpose of this article is to shed light on the privatization as far as the cost savings. The authors point out the key points of cost saving are: The construction of a private prison is typically faster since voter approval is not required. The reduction of staff members is one way of reducing cost. The author states the problem being, the measurement and similar comparison of facilities plague research in this field. Matching prison facilities and populations is challenging. Medical costs are large part of the budget in a prison. The full cost of such contracting is difficult to…show more content…
This information source has a higher degree of credibility because of the author’s position within the field of corrections. The information confirms that a gap exists and misguides the actual cost of prison privatization (Miller, 2013). In 2013, the American Press published the article titled, Conflict of interest. This article shows how the private, for-profit prison industry is eager to capitalize on their experience of operating prisons. The Corrections Corporation of America is the largest private prison company in the United States. They sent prospectus letters to 48 state officials touting its $250-million business plan to purchase and manage prisons. The purpose of this article is to inform people of the political influence attached to privatization. A contract term is 3-20 years, the prison facilities must have at least 1,000 beds, and the private company’s payment relies on each occupied bed. The bed must be 90 occupied for the term of the contract. A coalition of taxpayers sent a letter to the 48 governors encouraging them to reject the offer; it is costly and dangerous and weakens the state. In sum, the article show the public discourse of privatization and its alleged cost savings to the taxpayers. The occupied bed mandate in the contract has a direct correlation to the cost of operating a private prison, and making a comparison to a government facility dogmatic (The American Press, 2013).

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