: I have worked (pasted tense, note that) at private prison facilities (state and federal) in various capacities. Allow me to provide an insider's view.
|Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 1):|
AFAIK, there are privately owned prisons for adults too, and the prisoners are able to work real jobs (like telemarketing, etc.) which makes money for the company that owns the prison.
That would depend upon the facility and the contract it has with the government body. At one of the facilities I worked at (contracted to the State of New Mexico) jobs working in telemarketing (inbound calls only) were available to the Inmate population. The state ran the program (handling calls for the Dept of Tourism) and the employees overseeing the operation were state employees as well.
I can only speak for the New Mexico when I say this, but no, they are not. State Correctional Officers attend a different academy with a different curriculum. Officers that were employed by the company I worked for used to attend the same academy, but now attend a training program overseen by the state (and using their curriculum) and held at a local branch of New Mexico State University. At the facility run for the feds, the pre-service training was all in house and while the company conducted the training, the Federal vof Prisons told them how and what to teach.
|Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):|
It encourages a higher prison population (we already have the highest per capita in the world), prisoner abuse, and this sort of judicial abuse.
Not necessarily. Abuse of prisoners can occur at any facility. The company I worked for took a very dim view of it and was more proactive about it than the contracting agency. Not all companies are the same but that is an issue for the contracting agency. If they turn a blind eye to it, they are just as guilty.
As for encouraging a higher prison population, I don't buy it. The company I worked for didn't have to go looking for prisoners to fill beds. There is always a state looking to get Inmates out of their hair. At the state facility I worked at, the company had to fight the state to get them to stop
sending Inmates because it was creating a dangerous overcrowding issue.
I lift things up and put them down.