Report | Corrections spending | Privatization | February 15, 2012

By the Michigan Corrections Organization

Private prisons look at first like an attractive idea, promising savings to cash-strapped states whose leaders are frustrated by the high cost of corrections. However, 30 years of experience show that when prisons are turned over to for-profit corporations, cost savings are elusive and risks are real.

Case studies exemplify the pitfalls and broken promises inherent in prison privatization.

Read>> Pitfalls and promises: The real risks to residents and taxpayers of privatizing prisons and prison services in Michigan