Private Prisons Are a Failed Government Experiment

For-profit lockups don’t save taxpayer money or improve outcomes for inmates

Bloomberg Opinion
Apr 1, 2019 · 4 min read
Photo: Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images

By Noah Smith

The U.S. has stumbled on a particularly inefficient form of providing services. Instead of having government employees do the work, or leaving it to the private sector, the U.S. sometimes combines government…

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