In Arizona, Republican supporters of for-profit prisons ended the cost-benefit discussion about for-profit state prisons in 2012 by repealing a requirement to compare private prisons with those run by the state.
In reality, cost-benefit discussions are a distraction. The bedrock goal of a private prison is to make money. That’s the point.
Detainees are dollar signs. That’s the problem.
“There’s something morally wrong with making a profit from locking up human beings,” Libal said.
Tax dollars built the private prison industry. The withdrawal of tax dollars can dismantle it.