Proponents of privatizing government services (i.e. "conservatives") love to talk about supposed improvements in efficiency and delivery of services the private sector offers compared to the government. In reality, attempts to privatize government services, including everything from military service to social security, are nothing more than government welfare for wealthy corporate donors and empowered individuals. Politicians give contracts to companies and individuals who contribute to their campaigns and causes, not to companies who will perform the services in good faith. The private prison industry is a shining example of this phenomenon.
Which brings me to this article. I'll let the author speak for herself: "Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have continued to use troubled detention facilities despite documenting flagrant violations of their own detention standards, including poor medical care and mistreatment of detainees."
ICE's own records indicate a litany of areas in which private prison operators have failed to live up to contractual obligations and failed to operate safe, humane facilities. Yet they continue to get contracts, due in large part to the millions of dollars the industry spends in lobbying and campaign contributions every year.