Commentary

States Continue to Tap Private Prisons

Given continued budget crunches and growing inmate populations prison privatization remains attractive to governments at every level. A few recent developments include Kentucky where state officials are seeking to outsource the management of a new state facility. And South Carolina where officials are considering privatizing inmate health care. The National Association of Counties has put together a panel on the topic at their national convention in two weeks. Additionally, Rep. Hall in Texas is working on new legislation that will target non-custodial services for outsourcing. See Reason’s work on corrections privatization 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.