The Corrections Corporation of America, largest company operating private prisons, has written to 48 states offering to take over the running of prisons, provided that the states guarantee a 90 percent occupancy.
The systemic corruption this invites is breathtaking.
Prisons are not meant to be, nor should they be, profit-making enterprises. They have functions to fulfill. That’s not to say that budget matters are unimportant, only that they cannot be the sole criterion for proper operation.
Government is not supposed to be a profit-making enterprise. But any governmental function, once privatized, becomes exactly that.
It is, as we discovered when Blackwater mercenaries murdered Iraqi civilians for pure sport, exempt from U.S. law and the control of the American government which hired it.
There is a relationship between libraries and "the building of private prisons – a huge growth industry in America. The prison industry needs to plan its future growth – how many cells are they going to need? How many prisoners are there going to be, 15 years from now? And they found they could predict it very easily, using a pretty simple algorithm, based on asking what percentage of 10 and 11-year-olds couldn't read. And certainly couldn't read for pleasure."
A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it.
"We have an obligation to support libraries. To use libraries, to encourage others to use libraries, to protest the closure of libraries. If you do not value libraries then you do not value information or culture or wisdom. You are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future." (source)
The natural response to such a sce- nario would be to concentrate energy and resources on protecting existing supplies, enhancing conservation ef- forts, helping vulnerable populations, improving pollution control initiatives and raising public awareness about an impending crisis that could threaten the lives of hundreds of millions — per- haps billions — of people. Moreover, such a crisis could unleash an envi- ronmental cataclysm from which the planet could never recover.
Unfortunately, this is not the thinking of corporate executives and, increasingly, government officials throughout the world. Instead, more and more of them are proposing to transfer the control of this precious re- source from the public sector to the private sector
Does Privatization Serve the Public Interest?