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Five Reasons Why Privatizing Michigan’s Prisons Is a Bad Idea

| Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 14, 2012 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Both chambers of the Republican-controlled Michigan legislature are pushing to privatize that state’s prisons.  Like a similar bill introduced by Florida Republicans that was narrowly defeated, the Michigan bill would require shifting 1200 inmates to a private prison if 10 percent savings would be gained.   The Detroit Free Press published an Opinion piece by Michigan state Senator Bert Johnson offers five good reasons why savings are both phantom and ephemeral and transferring incarceration to private, profit corporations has both security and political implications.



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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiative on The Public Good. He is the author of the New City States, Seeing the Light, and three other non-fiction books. His essays on public policy are regularly published by On the Commons, Alternet, Common Dreams and the Huffington Post.

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