|Source:Associated Press- the Guzman Family in Georgia.|
"The detention of illegal immigrants is increasingly contracted out to private companies, whose profits have soared the last decade."
From the Associated Press
Everyone whose familiar with this blog, knows I'm not a Socialist and I'm not soft on crime. Generally speaking, there's nothing wrong with for-profit, private corporations or wealthy individuals earning a lot of money on their own. I don't even look at capitalism and private enterprise as necessary evils like a lot of Democratic Socialists do, to ensure the strongest economy possible. But there are reasons why every developed society in the free world has government's. Not to run our lives for us, but to ensure that as many people as possible are as safe as possible, while still maintaining a high level of individual freedom.
Along with national defense, foreign affairs, interstate commerce, and public infrastructure, law enforcement and prisons are the major roles of any responsible government, in any free, developed society. Because we don't want individuals and organizations making profits off the backs of the vulnerable, like people in prison or individuals on the street who need help from law enforcement. Private prisons or detention centers, are in the business to make as much money as they possibly can, regardless of who they have to hurt to make that money. They're not in the business to serve and protect the public.