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    Kentucky ending private prisons

    The state will not renew a contract with the private Marion Adjustment Center when it expires on Sunday meaning that for the first time in nearly 30 years Kentucky will soon be housing none of its inmates in privately-run prisons.

    J. Michael Brown, the state Justice and Public Safety secretary, said in a news release Tuesday that the move will save the state about $2 million a year. And he credited a 2011 law and other steps taken by the General Assembly and the Beshear administration that reformed sentencing and increased drug treatment opportunities.

    Whodda thunk it? Kentucky leading the nation in smarts. Let's hope the rest of the nation follows suit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    Kentucky ending private prisons

    The state will not renew a contract with the private Marion Adjustment Center when it expires on Sunday meaning that for the first time in nearly 30 years Kentucky will soon be housing none of its inmates in privately-run prisons.

    J. Michael Brown, the state Justice and Public Safety secretary, said in a news release Tuesday that the move will save the state about $2 million a year. And he credited a 2011 law and other steps taken by the General Assembly and the Beshear administration that reformed sentencing and increased drug treatment opportunities.

    Whodda thunk it? Kentucky leading the nation in smarts. Let's hope the rest of the nation follows suit.
    I doubt the Prison Industrial Complex and the Prison Guards union will take kindly to that.

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    The prison I currently work at is slowly being privatized one department at a time. The state is shooting itself in the foot. It is going to end up costing them much, much more in the long run.
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    Re: Kentucky ending private prisons

    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    Kentucky ending private prisons

    The state will not renew a contract with the private Marion Adjustment Center when it expires on Sunday meaning that for the first time in nearly 30 years Kentucky will soon be housing none of its inmates in privately-run prisons.

    J. Michael Brown, the state Justice and Public Safety secretary, said in a news release Tuesday that the move will save the state about $2 million a year. And he credited a 2011 law and other steps taken by the General Assembly and the Beshear administration that reformed sentencing and increased drug treatment opportunities.

    Whodda thunk it? Kentucky leading the nation in smarts. Let's hope the rest of the nation follows suit.
    What a smart decision, locking people up should be a government task, not something you do on a commercial basis. The lives of the public can never be risked by commercial companies saving money on guards, safety or prison awareness. Most prisoners get out and if they are totally messed up by inhumane prison conditions due to money pinching, it is the society that pays for the profit of prison companies.
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    You shouldn't be investing in prisons let alone private prisons.

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    Re: Kentucky ending private prisons

    Quote Originally Posted by Lachean View Post
    I doubt the Prison Industrial Complex and the Prison Guards union will take kindly to that.

    Great news!
    Why? The public sector unions will love it. More public sector employees!! Whoot!!
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    Re: Kentucky ending private prisons

    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    Kentucky ending private prisons

    The state will not renew a contract with the private Marion Adjustment Center when it expires on Sunday meaning that for the first time in nearly 30 years Kentucky will soon be housing none of its inmates in privately-run prisons.

    J. Michael Brown, the state Justice and Public Safety secretary, said in a news release Tuesday that the move will save the state about $2 million a year. And he credited a 2011 law and other steps taken by the General Assembly and the Beshear administration that reformed sentencing and increased drug treatment opportunities.

    Whodda thunk it? Kentucky leading the nation in smarts. Let's hope the rest of the nation follows suit.
    I do hope other states follow suit.Law enforcement and corrections should not be done by private industries.
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    Re: Kentucky ending private prisons

    Our prison system as a whole needs an overhaul. In fact, our entire concept of punishment for crimes needs an overhaul. I don't know if I have the answer, but from what I can tell, private prisons do not seem to have been the right reform.

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    Re: Kentucky ending private prisons

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Why?
    Because said complex and unions push for increased mandatory minimums, to make more "customers" requiring more and more private prisons.

    The public sector unions will love it. More public sector employees!! Whoot!!
    Irrelevant to my point and their bread and butter. Also said jobs you're wooting about are not guaranteed to increase at the rate that private prisons are/were being built. Especially when they're taking measures like this to SAVE money, it tells me they're less inclined to build more or make more "customers."

    The cost structure is really not the same. This is a great article explaining the differences is costs from public and private prisons:
    Private vs. Public Facilities, Is it cost effective and safe?
    private prisons are neither demonstrably more cost-effective, nor more efficient than public prisons. An evaluation of 24 different studies on cost-effectiveness revealed that, at best, results of the question are inconclusive and, at worst, there is no difference in cost-effectiveness.

    A study by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics found that the cost-savings promised by private prisons “have simply not materialized.” Some research has concluded that for-profit prisons cost more than public prisons. Furthermore, cost estimates from privatization advocates may be misleading, because private facilities often refuse to accept inmates that cost the most to house.
    The public prisons have no choice on taking on the more costly inmates.
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    Re: Kentucky ending private prisons

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    The prison I currently work at is slowly being privatized one department at a time. The state is shooting itself in the foot. It is going to end up costing them much, much more in the long run.
    Which is what happens when you privatize a public system. It has to turn a profit instead of just doing its job. And greedy profiteers are really good at getting themselves more money, especially public money.

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    Why? The public sector unions will love it. More public sector employees!! Whoot!!
    And that's a problem... why?
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