Privatisation of Prisons – a how to guide.

Posted: June 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Australian Independent Media Network

Prison bars

Once upon a time in the state where I live, prisons were built and maintained by the State Government, which was a bad thing because it simply cost money. Then, one day, someone reasoned, that if private industry took over, it would cost less money, because – as we all know – private industry is much more efficient. Private industry can cut costs and be leaner.  (A few examples of lean private companies: HIH, Enron, Lehman Brothers, Ansett).

Of course, a few silly bleeding hearts argued that being lean and efficient is not necessarily a good thing when one is talking about prisons. They argued that prison should be about rehabilition and that if you just worried about efficiency there was a danger that you just turn the prisoners into people who were more likely to offend. These people completely overlooked the obvious. Once you are doing something for a…

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