Do you think states and the federal government should use private facilities to house inmates? Why, or why not? You might want to include the considerations of (a) whether they save taxpayer money, (b) whether they are good for the local economy or bring jobs, and (c) whether inmates receive the same kind of care as a state or federally run facility.
ANSWER THE ABOVE QUESTION QND THEN REPLY TO MY CLASSMATE’S RESPONSE TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS AND EXPLAIN WHY YOU AGREE? (A MINIMUM OF 150 WORDS)
I believe we shouldn’t. I truly believe from an operational perspective government and private operate very similarly. In addition, there is little effective difference in terms of standards which the facilities must maintain as the private facilities are acting as agents of the government. It is a little wishy washy but not much that matters.
It is obvious by nationalizing private facilities means that the U.S. would definitely have to pay the shareholders of private prisons their fair market value. Moreover, the federal government can’t take property without paying just compensation.
You have to realize that the problem is you don’t have room. At the moment, if so, you’re going to have to build some new government prisons to house the people at the prisons you’re closing. So, why not just keep the old ones? And spend all that money anyway. Eventually, American people taxpayers have spent literally billions of dollars and nothing interesting has happened. No problems have been solved. It is my understanding that the net effect is just that the government has cashed out shareholders, purchased some prisons, and now incurs the future operating expenses. Yet, for most prisoners, very little would change. And the government still haven’t solved any of the systemic problems which plague the criminal justice or corrections system.