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Excellent, now we just need the States to follow.
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So just in case people skimmed, the conclusion is this:

Privatizing prisons reduced the safety and quality of prisons, while at the same time NOT cutting costs.

And here I thought private industry could do everything better than the gov't could ><
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Excellent news. Scale back the war on drugs and we'll be making real justice reform progress. Do the feds use bail formula reforms? I've been hearing about those lately for local judiciaries and the initial data looks really good.
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TheChin! wrote:
Excellent news. Scale back the war on drugs and we'll be making real justice reform progress. Do the feds use bail formula reforms? I've been hearing about those lately for local judiciaries and the initial data looks really good.

A big reason the 'war on drugs' has been pushed with such fervor is that it was a HUGE money-maker for the 'for profit' prisons. With their influence being substantially reduced, it may be possible to get some traction on this.
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Good news. So many perverse incentives in the for-profit aspects of the legal, penal, judicial system.
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"My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard"

Excellent longform journalism.
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jmilum wrote:
Excellent, now we just need the States to follow.

How exactly is a broke state like California going to do that ? borrow more ?

Also, private prisons make up less the 6% of all prisons so our data may not be very accurate.

Lastly, States can terminate private prison contracts, who watches the state prisons when the state also runs them ?
 
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Lastly, States can terminate private prison contracts, who watches the state prisons when the state also runs them ?
The ACLU?
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windsagio wrote:
So just in case people skimmed, the conclusion is this:

Privatizing prisons reduced the safety and quality of prisons, while at the same time NOT cutting costs.

And here I thought private industry could do everything better than the gov't could ><

Which is exactly what would happen to every service Libertarians tried to replace with a private solution.

Letting private businesses run amok has never worked out well for society OR the consumer.
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JoshBot wrote:
"My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard"

Excellent longform journalism.
Yes, that was a great piece.

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Conservatively, counting just the biggest chunks of staff time that went into it, the prison story cost roughly $350,000. The banner ads that appeared on the article brought in $5,000, give or take. Had we been really in your face with ads, we could have doubled or tripled that figure—but it would have been a pain for you, and still only a drop in the bucket for us.

MoJo did have support from three foundations for our criminal justice reporting. That’s amazing—but foundation grants only go so far. They are typically limited in time (a few years, tops) and scope (focusing on a particular issue or initiative). And they are finite: All of our foundation support put together accounts for roughly 15 percent of MoJo’s annual revenue.
http://m.motherjones.com/media/2016/08/whats-missing-from-jo...

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