Private Prisons Pros And Cons

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The privatization of the prison system has made it so that individuals who have committed a crime are no longer seen as people but as profits. Prisons receive more money and more laborers (which they grossly underpay) with the addition of new inmates, so it is in the best interests of prison corporations to increase the volume of prisoners as well as expanding the length of sentences. Private prisons started out as a cost-effective way to house inmates, but after yielding large investments and profits, they began lobbying for new and harsher punishments resulting in America having the highest levels of incarceration in the world. In 1984, the first private prisons were created, the founders claimed that the prisons funded by the government but run privately would cost considerably less than prisons run at the county, state, and federal level. The massive overpopulation of prisons in the United States led to the idea that capitalism could help to reduce burdens and responsibilities of running prisons on the government. Creators of private prisons originally sold the idea that opening up prisons to the free market would bring in competition to drive down prices. In addition to lowering the burden on the government and taxpayers, the new Private run prison would implement real world job training as well as opportunities allowing those incarcerated to become contributing members of society upon release. While the initial salesman of private prison painted a beautiful
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