Per BBC the US DoJ is sufficiently disenchanted with prison privatization to actually be phasing it out for federal prisons.
This seems like an obviously welcome development; but I have to wonder just how badly the magic-private-sector efficiency fairies have been screwing up to get to this point. They are normally afforded nearly axiomatic levels of benefit of the doubt.
From what I’ve been told, the federal prison systems are a lot better about human rights, and humane treatment.
Apparently the federal part of the system has a prison work program that actually does teach skilled labor, and gives inmates a chance to keep a large portion of the money they make. It’s not stamping licenseplates any more.
Still, we have a very long way to go before our prisons are anywhere near decent.
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