Friday, February 4, 2011

Economic Side-Effects of Privatization

A bill is currently pending before the Kentucky Legislature that would send 4,000 KY prisoners to private facilities, removing them from county jails. Not only does this move have the potential to bankrupt multiple jails, thereby costing hundreds of jobs; it gets better. It turns out that CCA, who would get the prisoners, charges nearly $15 per prisoner, per day MORE than the county jails house them for. So Kentucky is about to be charged more for a lower quality of service, while screwing residents out of jobs.

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