AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Carol Fowler, iShirley Houston, iBryan Koepke, iSara Coslett, iNancy Shattuck, iGisele Vincent-Page, iIan Irvine (Hobson), i

  Home > Crime > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Robert Allan Williams

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· 54 Titles
· 73 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Nov, 2003

   newsletter

Subscribe to the Robert Allan Williams Newsletter. Enter your name and email below and click "sign me up!"
Name:
Email:
Robert Allan Williams, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.



Featured Book
Phobia
by Elizabeth Parker

Check your surroundings and lock your doors. You never know who is lurking on the other side!..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
Macabre; A Journey through Australia's Darkest Fears
by Marty Young

Explore Australia's dark literature past, present, and future all in one landmark anthology! From the very earliest colonial ghost stories through to grim tales of modern..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members





   Recent articles by
Robert Allan Williams

Declare Freedom From British Empire, Now U.S.-Powered
Vote Libertarian to end wars, stimulus and deficits
We Must Hold Them To Account
A Response to Tom Lock of Oberlin
Uncle Sam: Liberty's False Friend?
Israeli tactics aim to induce Palestinians to accept new, smaller Palestine
Events During Bush Junior's Last Week
Five Billionaires and their Five Hundred Friends
Confidential Informant T-10: the Rhetoric of Ronald Reagan and the Reality of his Times
Conservatives should stand up and denounce the Bush Crime Familiy
The M.O.B. (McCain, Obama & Barr) vs Liberty
Carter critics need history lesson
           >> View all

Prisons Are Not Free Markets
By Robert Allan Williams   
Rated "PG" by the Author.
Last edited: Saturday, July 02, 2011
Posted: Saturday, July 02, 2011

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan


[the following letter to the editor was published in the Oberlin News-Tribune on Thursday, 23 June 2011, p 4A]

As a teacher long in private practice who also taught daily G.E.D. classes while researching attempts at privatization of prison education inside Lorain Correctional Institution from 1993-94, a recent OpEd in a daily broadsheet by Oberlin's Harvey Gittler reminded me there are still many who have a painfully wrong view of privatization.

This misconception no doubt led Mr. Gittler to make the mistaken claim that "All of them, inmates, COs and administration were opposed to privatization". When I liased across the road with colleagues at Grafton, I found much support for the privatized provisions of prison education offered at that time - inmates were fond of the higher education classes offered by Ashland College, among others, and correctional educators welcomed them as a way to supplement their income.

First some economic basics: In a free market there are no corporations; corporations are creations of the state. Only government can intervene and declare a business owner not responsible for his actions in the market, and instead declare an artificial person dubbed a 'corporation' to be responsible. Further, because corporations are creations of the state, they are just as bureaucratic and inefficient as their parent to whom they often go running to for protection from competition in the form of regulations, subsidies and somtimes bailouts. Lastly, corporatization is not privatization. No one is talking about placing vouchers into the hands of inmate consumers to choose his/her prison provision from a variety of prison providers, nor is it likely that it will ever happen.

Prison provision, regulations and funding are the remit of government. It doesn't take a libertarian to see that the provision of prisons anywhere has never been in a market situation. Despite market rhetoric to the contrary, the analogy to free enterprise is false; the inmate is not a consumer. Privatization is being used as a ploy to corporatize prisons and their services, with the hidden aim of permitting some tax dollars to find their way into the pockets of corporation owners. Mr. Gittler is correct to note "In fact, it may cost more", not because the State will need more inspectors but because the corporations will need more subsidies to fund their inherently inefficient operations.

Bob Williams

Oberlin

 

Web Site: The Oberlin News-Tribune



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!





Prime-Time Crime Time by Jay Dubya

Prime-Time Crime Time (600 pages) is a collection of 35 fictional crime/detective stories and the work is author Jay Dubya's 43rd published hardcover/paperback book...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Legal Minds by Robert Davis

A book about the signs and how to detect rogue (bad) police officers. This book also covers the various tricks of police officers and the tactics of bad cops...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.