The Negative Benefits of Private Prisons

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The first privately-owned, or for-profit, prison opened its doors in 1983 to 350 inmates (Beiser). These establishments have continued to spring up across the nation by selling themselves as a cheap and effective alternative to their government owned predecessors; however, these establishments may cost the same or even more in comparison (Beiser) tend to cut corners in many important areas causing an uptake in profit as well as prisoner abuse and mistreatment. Privatization of prisons is unlawful and often leads to corruption. Prisons were first established to fill a need to punish and rehabilitate inmates, but by looking at prisons as opportunities to gain a profit, the very inmates were try to help and educate end up being sought after like cattle and treated as such. These for-profit prisons fail to prove that they are cost efficient, more effective in management, or give better services to inmates. Since the first prison opened in 1983 (Beiser), privatization has expanded to “three-fifths of all the U.S. states” (Segal). As the business expands so does the belief that they will save the state money by “5 to 20% of per-prisoner costs” (Benefield); however, where do these savings come from or how accurate are these numbers? According to the General Accounting Office report from August of 2000, it could not be proven that privately-owned prisons saved any money (Gainsborough); so, where are the statistical savings coming from? Companies specializing in privatization of
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