The link here is a few days old, but I wanted to put it up because it's one of the few stories I've seen recently about private prisons that isn't completely disheartening. It's an opinion piece from a former police officer and employee of a private security firm from Florida on why Governor Ric Scott is wrong to want to further privatize his state's correctional system. The article very simply lays out a lot of the issues concerning private prisons, such as staffing, lobbying for harsher criminal sanctions, and a lack of oversight.
And while all those things are bad, Mr. Frank really gets the to crux of the issue. He says: "The real danger is in human rights abuse," and that's the truth. For all the shady business practices and cost-cutting of the private prison industry, the real victims of private prisons are the folks unfortunate enough to find themselves housed in one.