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Crime Pays
The lowdown on privately-owned prisons for profit.

Posted by aalkon at December 7, 2003 4:37 AM


[] private prisons, as opposed to the state, have a direct conflict of interest. By reducing the number of repeat offenders, they are in effect reducing the supply of profit producing 'customers.' It is in the material interest of these companies, therefore, to produce not prisoners who have 'paid their debt to society,' but ones who will continue to pay and pay on the installment plan."

Perhaps we need to apply some of the cost containment methods of managed care to the prison system. No more than six visits to the penitentiary! Scary world we live in...

PS: Amy -- thanks for responding to the request for info!

Posted by: Lena at December 7, 2003 12:33 PM

We please to aim!

Posted by: Amy Alkon at December 7, 2003 3:25 PM

What I want to know is: where can I buy me some of those prison mutual funds?

Posted by: Lena at December 7, 2003 10:26 PM

Hmmm... private prisons? I wonder how much the state would pay for a short-term detention. I've got this dungeon in my basement, see, and I figure since 75% of the time, it's not being used anyway, and it would only take a few minor changes, so...

(Just kidding, folks. There aren't any basements in Tampa Bay, anyway.)

Posted by: Patrick at December 10, 2003 5:09 AM