Friday, October 14, 2011

Of Course

Quick link here to an article describing how privatizing prisons isn't all it's cracked up to be.  After Ohio became the first state to sell a prison to a private company a few weeks back, it looks like the decision is already having some unintended repercussions.  The city of Conneaut recently discovered that its police department, not state troopers, would be responsible for dealing with disturbances at the facility that require outside intervention.  This means an additional 2,000 people, all of them prisoners, will suddenly come under the watch of the police department, which does have not nearly enough resources to handle that influx.  The city is already estimating that it might go hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt as a result.

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