Why Privatization Is Unethical? Essay

1519 Words Mar 14th, 2016 null Page
Opponents of privatization will commonly point to the “kids for cash” scandal as an example of why privatization is unethical. In 2009, two local judges enforced a hardline zero-tolerance policy that sent kids to juvie for such offenses like creating a fake MySpace page, swearing, and underage drinking. Judge Mark Ciavarella sentenced approximately 3,000 of these kids in exchange for a hefty finder’s fee paid by a for-profit juvenile detention center that would profit from these new inmates (Getlen). While this is an extreme example, it is still one worth noting, because it is no secret that these private firms rely on more inmates to turn a profit — they admit as much themselves in their investor reports. The CCA’s 2010 Annual Report reflects an awareness that business is threatened by changes in immigration and drug policy:
“The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by the relaxation of enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction or parole standards and sentencing practices or through the decriminalization of certain activities that are currently proscribed by our criminal laws. For instance, any changes with respect to drugs and controlled substances or illegal immigration could affect the number of persons arrested, convicted, and sentenced, thereby potentially reducing demand for correctional facilities to house them” (“2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K”).
CCA and other operators of these private facilities have predictably emerged as key…

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