Why Should We Let Companies Privatize Prisons in America?

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WHY SHOULD WE LET COMPANIES PRIVATIZE PRISONS IN AMERICA? The prison industrial complex is an ever growing topic of discussion in the United States as the use of private prisons is becoming more prevalent for housing inmates. This is because as Richard Harbison states, “Private operators can design, build and operate a prison cheaper than the government, be it state or the federal government.” (Cohn) However this idea of saving money is a point of debate, because the United States currently has more inmates than any other country in the world, "perhaps half a million more than China" (Schlosser), we are constantly in need to continue to house more an more inmates and ways to pay for them. Over the last half century the rate of incarcerated individuals has gone from 110 per 100,000 people to a rate of 445 per 100,000 to even 1,100 per 100,000 among adult men (Schlosser). This large increase in the rate of incarceration is the biggest dertermining factor for the rise of private prisons in the US and because the United States has setup a system in which we are putting people in prison at a much faster rate than anywhere else in the world private prisons have become more and more acceptable. "In 1980 about half the people entering state prison were violent offenders; in 1995 less than a third had been convicted of a violent crime. The enormous increase in America's inmate population can be explained in large part by the sentences given to people who have committed nonviolent offenses. Crimes that in other countries would usually lead to community service, fines, or drug treatment—or would not be considered crimes at all—in the United States now lead to a prison term, by far the most expensive form of punishment." (Schlosser) The creation of the Rockefeller drug laws in New York state is what appears to be a major proponent in this

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