Chapter 8 in your text explores the ethical dilemmas faced by prison officials within the U.S. corrections system. For this discussion, evaluate the ethical issues involved with modern trend of privatizing correctional institutions. What are the “moral pitfalls” of removing correctional facilities from the public sector (and therefore public review) and placing large segments of society into private correctional facilities? Examine both practical considerations and societal moral views in your discussion.
Guided Response: Most people involved with the criminal justice system are instinctively suspicious of the privatization of prisons in the United States. Is this distrust warranted? In your examination of the morality of prison privatization, make sure to include analyses concerning accountability, integrity of processes, and the inherent potential conflict of interest for the incentive of private companies to make a profit.