Tag: prisons

Are Florida’s Private Prisons Cheaper or Better?
April 12, 2010

FCFEP's study of private prisons in Florida, released last week, led to two conclusions:  there is little evidence that private facilities either save taxpayers' money (as required by law) or rehabilitate prisoners any better than public prisons.

Over the past two decades, states have begun to contract with private companies to provide a number of services that had traditionally been government functions performed by public employees.  Privatization proponents argue that a free-market, competitive approach to providing some services would result be less expensive and more effective.

In the case of running prisons, at least, there's no compelling evidence that the private sector in Florida does the job any better than the Florida Department of Corrections.  That finding raises questions about the benefits of privatization of other functions of state government.


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