Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Ending Privatization, Saving Money
In Kentucky, a group of prison experts has started advocating against the continued privatization of prisons and jails in their state. In short, they have found that private prisons can cost as much as $10 more per prisoner, per day than county jails, so the group recommends eliminating private prison contracts to save the state and counties money. They estimate that as much as $8 million in savings could be achieved by just not sending prisoners to private prisons. Prisoners could then be transferred to county jails, which would bring more revenue to Kentucky's counties and stop the funneling of taxpayer dollars to private corporations that are gouging the government on prices. It's really a win-win.