Commentary: The case for privatizing Michigan prisons

“Most people working in Michigan either have their own business or are employed by a private company. Yet when it comes to involving private businesses providing services to the public sector – say, running prisons – in any new way, the alarms start going off.

Why is that?

The easy answer is that people are unaccustomed to change in how government services are provided. Another major reason is that those working in the public sector are concerned that they will lose their jobs. These are legitimate concerns, but not necessarily valid when everything is considered.

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