Taxpayers in the U.S. spend over $38 billion on prisons, annually. The enterprise of corrections is a multibillion-dollar, government-funded venture that encompasses supplies, materials, and services from the private sector. Several jurisdictions contract with private companies to provide services and supplies, including educational training, vocational training, food service, medical services, and other services. In some instances, jurisdictions hire corporations to house prisoners in facilities that are privately owned. There are several potential problems and implications associated with privatization.
In your initial discussion post:
- Describe two problems that could be encountered with the use of privatization in corrections.
- Analyze two potential implications of privatization on inmates.
- Specify two potential impacts of privatization on corrections staff.
- Predict the direction of privatization in corrections in the next decade.