Prison For Profits By Carl Mollins
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 assertions to support the privatization of the country’s prisons. Mollins argues that public demand for sterner action against crime and harsher punishment of criminals resulted in laws that increased prison time for inmates. This legislation demanded by the public resulted in an explosion of the prison population in the United States. The explosion of the prison population has resulted in an explosion of prison costs that can be controlled by the privatization of prisons. The fixed per prisoner per day charged by private prisons is cost effective while providing proper care to prisoners. Finally, Mollins emphasizes throughout his article the positive aspects of the profitability of the private prison industry and it prospects for growth. While legislative enactments have increased lengths of incarceration, an explosion of prison population and prison costs, neither the legislation or its effects were caused by public demand. While private prisons do save money and result in profits for the owners of the prison companies, they do not provide proper care for prisoners.
In the “Prisons for Profit” article Carl Mollins argues that the creation of private prisons reflects the public’s demand for sterner action against crime and harsher punishment for criminals . He further states that politicians…