Prison For Profits By Carl Mollins

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Over the last twenty plus years in the United States the latest trend in imprisonment and penal treatment of inmates has been the privatization of prisons and sentencing that is both harsher in nature and much longer in terms of years behind bars.
The “Prisons For Profit” article by Carl Mollins’ outlines in glowing terms the author’s opinion that there are the many benefits to the privatization of prisons in the United States. According the opinion of this author the “benefits” include cost savings and better training and care for the prisoners. It is clear that this position is incorrect. The privatization of prisons is a natural consequence of mass incarceration rates in the United States. It does nothing for prisoners and does not save taxpayer money.
In Carl Mollins’ article “Prison for Profits”, Mollins makes several
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It is simple math. If more people are incarcerated then prison costs increase.
Carl Mollins also argues that the privatization of prisons in the United States has resulted in a significant cost savings to taxpayers while providing rehabilitation programs and proper care to the inmates. Mollins notes that taxpayers and governmental entities maintain control over private prison operating firms’ contractual compliance while reaping the benefit of fixed prison costs. For example, in the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility in suburban Nashville, referred to in the “Prisons for Profit” article, the Mollins states Tennessee pays just $40 a day per prisoner.
While sending theses prisoners off to private prisons does save money, it opens the door for an entire industry to profit of other humans suffering. The ultimate cost savings to the taxpayers of the United States would be to stop incarcerating low level drug offenders for offensives that show not be illegal such as marijuana possession and not to incarcerated nonviolent drug offenders for decades or even for

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