The problem in America seems to be a very big one financially speaking. When at a time that some states are pushing to legalize marijuana even if only for medical purposes, yet we are incarcerating more non-violent drug offenders than any other nation. Perhaps the problem of financially balancing the coffers in the U.S. isn't soo hard. The problem might be fighting the PRIVATE SECTOR involved in the private prison industry, and to them its an industry when someone is making the money that these guys are. I'm not against making money. The problem I have here is that states across America are falling for this notion that the private prison industry can run our state prisons for less money . Here in lies the problem with that. Read the article and then ask yourself ,..do we as a nation really want to be told how many people we MUST lock up or keep locked up regardless if the people being locked up are non-violent drug offenders who could use and get rehabilitation help at a fraction of the cost. Or , should we spend upwards of 36-38,000 dollars a year to house them with some of our countries truly sickest people so they can then come out of prison with a PhD in criminology and not the useful criminology they would be able to get an honest job with. Among some of the nations priorities to get our fiscal house in order perhaps "Prison Reform" could play a critical role.
WASHINGTON – At a time when states are struggling to reduce bloated prison populations and tight budgets, a private prison management company is offering to buy prisons in exchange for various considerations, including a controversial guarantee that the governments maintain a 90% occupancy rate for at least 20 years.