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I recently heard a news discussion talking about Privatization of Prisons and I wanted to get a LE view point. Private Prison Companies view point is that they save Governments and thus tax payer’s money. The opponents to privatization say that the companies cut costs in Salaries, Training, and Benefits thus providing a lower quality service along with a lower price. Private Companies can fund and build a facility faster than a government because they don’t have to go thru a Bond process they are using investment capital. So my question is what do the Men and Women in Law Enforcement think about Prison’s operated by Private Companies for Profit. Are they providing a needed service or are they Capitalizing on societies problems and making them worse.


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I think they not a good idea. Law enforcement, corrections etc are not a profit making business. The only reason a private company would run anything is to make a profit. Something will suffer. Because training is expensive, it is often one item that suffers the most. From my experience with "for profit prisons" the quality of personel is certainly not increased. Another factor, in my experience, inmates that need extensive medical care or special needs are more often than not placed in government care so the private company does not have that expense. I firmly believe confining today's prisoners are a government responsibility, therefore it should be left in the hands of the govrnment.


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I personally like the idea of it so long as there are strick inspections and guidleines implemented by the state government. It would save billions in tax payer dollars.

Sure there are going to be problems with a "for profit prison". But what prison does not have problems. The over crowding issues could very well be answered by this.

I don't think this would be a replacement system so much as a supplemental system to the state prison system.

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We have private regional jails here in virginia. they seem to work well for the rural areas.. They have to be certified jailors here


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Our Officers have to be Detention Certified thru P.O.S.T as well.


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Rate This | Posted about 4 years ago

 

If you are not sure if private prisons are good for our society, watch this 25 minute video and then decide. I would have to oppose the use of private prisons. Sure they provide bigger prisons and does not come out of a state's budget, but they are also there to make a profit off of the inmates, not to rehabilitate them.


http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/419/video.html

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Rate This | Posted about 4 years ago

 

I think most of them in my state went belly up. I am not even certain we have any in the state. I don't know enough about them to comment.

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Rate This | Posted about 4 years ago

 

bad idea. i can tell you first hand. i work for kentucky doc and us along with hawaii took our female inmates from a private prison in ky run by cca. when our inmates came back to us at our state run facility they all had illegal tatoos (they got them in the private prison) they had property with other inmates names on them, all kinds of contraband, and we were told that they were pretty much allowed to do whatever they wanted to do when they wanted to do it. we also were told by several people that the private c/o's sexually assaulted them.

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Rate This | Posted about 4 years ago

 

We have one close to us here. It is understaffed and undertrained. It has plenty of people in there, so it makes money, but staff members are hurt regularly and the lack of restrictions have caused some improper prisoner/staff relations. I don't like them, but with the overcrowding of the state prisons, I see no alternative. I don't want my felons running loose on the streets. I'd rather them be in a private prison.

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Rate This | Posted about 4 years ago

 

bmorgan says ...



I have always wondered about that prison schulzty.  I worked in the boot camp aftercare in Greatfalls for a while, and in the regional jail there as well.  But I never did have anything to do with crossroads.    I have to admit I am on the fence about private prisons.  I just don't know enough about them.



Same here. I knew a guy that worked at a Private prison, and he was a good guy, who ended up moving on to the State Prison. His Chief complaint was no benefits with the private company. I've never dealt with any private prisons or jails professionally, so I can't say one way or the other. My main concern would be the lack of that "brotherhood" you have between Road Cops, and Jail deputies.

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Rate This | Posted about 4 years ago

 

In Colorado we have been doing Private Corrections for years.  We call it Community based Corrections.  It seems to work fine as long as you have a strong administration.  I think this is the way of the future.  Not only with prisons, but jails.  There are a few County jails that are privately run, and seem to be doing okay.  You don't hear much about them.  I guess that's a good thing. I still think the Sheriff needs to oversee the jail even if it is run privately. 


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Rate This | Posted about 4 years ago

 

Not an LEO.  I'm very interested in this topic and the informative responses here.  Thank you for this contribution.


I recall reading criticism of privately-owned prisons that profit-driven concerns may operate such that loopholes or 'gray areas' in the law affords wide margin on state compliance issues.  Has to do with how contracts are done.  Presents more creative ways to skirt accountability - to 'fudge' on meeting state standards.   Inadequate training, oversight, increased risks, etc.  Where this specialized arrangement is is relatively recent, may present challenges for state to track, cite and bring into compliance under existing law.


I agree with JimRoc's analysis, and his opinion that Sheriff should oversee.  Curious to know more about what a 'strong administration' entails.


 

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Rate This | Posted about 4 years ago

 

Privatized Prisons are fine with adequate training and staffing,  And of course good Leadership. I believe this will be the way of the future and needs to be assessed now so to get a good hold on it prior to a complete transition.


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