Commentary

Pennsylvania County Considers Jail Privatization

Beaver County located just outside of Pittsburg is considering a proposal to privatize its jail. A bid from a private provider would save the County $1.6 million a year – in response the public employee guards are offering up contract concessions up to $400,000 a year to keep their job. No decision has been made but on its face it seems as if privatization is the better deal – especially in the long run once pension and retirement costs are calculated. See Reason’s corrections privatization research here.

Geoffrey Segal is the director of privatization and government reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He is also editor of Reason's Privatization Watch.