A major issue that has been reoccurring among all states is whether or not private prisons save taxpayers money.
Now according to the article Last Resistance, it states how private prisons do save taxpayers money. In fact, private prisons are much more suitable than public prisons, when it comes to safety and cost. The only way for private prions to save money is if the “system” doesn’t get corrupted by the government. If the system does get corrupted by the government, then that’s when these private prisons will become dangerous for the inmates. According to Hakim and Blackstone who conducted this study believe that
“exposing public prisons to greater competition should lead to lower costs and improved performance of both public and private prisons, because the threat of further privatization leads prisons administrators to make more-determined efforts to reduce costs and induces public employees to temper their demands.”
I have to disagree with the article above. Private prisons do not save taxpayer’s money at all! In fact, private prisons cost more to maintain and handle than public prisons. According to Politics.co.uk, only 23% of the prisons budget is spent on private prisons. According to Andrew Neilson, who is the director of campaigns at the Howard League for Penal Reform stated:
“If the Ministry of Justice is looking at modeling cuts of a further 25% to 40% to the department’s budget, then these figures suggest the solution does not lie in privastising more prisons. Private prisons have driven down cost thanks to their ability to make savings at scale.”
Private prisons are just a cover up to exploit prisoners for a profit. In a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin, it gives a breakdown on how private prisons keep inmates incarcerated longer than they’re supposed to, just so they can increase their profit. Companies really don’t care if private prisons are saving taxpayer’s money or not, as long as they’re making a profit off of these prisoners, they will continue to support private prisons.
Despite what your senator may claim ….don’t believe the hype! Mass incarceration is strenuous on taxpayer dollars and if you’re a law-abiding citizen with a job then that means your money will be helping with the bill! In today’s economy people are barely able to afford themselves let alone inmates who were given football numbers for petty crimes in efforts to create maximum profit for private prisons.
To be frank the whole system is screwed. On one hand while we the taxpayers are forced to pay more money in taxes in order to keep the prison doors open, lowering the budget would also put those incarcerated at risk.
Studies have proven that mass incarceration is not the answer in solving the problem. Instead of contributing tax dollars to this system that acts as modern day slavery, contributions to education and rehabilitation programs would be more effective and would also help illuminate the amount of arrest. This logic would also eventually save taxpayers money because the incarceration rate would decline.
“According to one study, even if only 10 percent of drug addicted offenders went to rehabilitation program instead of jail the criminal justice system would save 4.8 billion in one year” GenFKD
Still don’t understand how education plays a role in mass incarceration? The Atlantic provides a great visual of mass incarceration and highlights how education is a factor in the demographic that makes up the highest percentage of the incarcerated population…The Black Male.
Besides more education and rehabilitation programs being more affective than mass incarceration another point that is obvious and shouldn’t be ignored is that its simply an unfair system. According to Prison Divest, while we the taxpayers are forced to pay more taxes private prisons receive tax breaks and pay as little as 3 percent in tax dollars. Between the small amount of taxes they are forced to pay and the contracting of prison labor this allows them to receive maximum profit. The proof is in the pudding how can you argue that mass incarceration helps taxpayers when we are the ones that are paying for it? Employees stimulate the economy not free labor.