Governor Christie on Prison Privatization
During Chris Christie's visit to the Corner View Restaurant, I asked a question regarding privatized prisons
I got there just past 8am as Chris Christie was going around from table to table. Instead of taking a table, I stayed by the entrance and chatted with others, including his communications person. We talked about prison privatization and its consequences. Governor Christie spent a lot of time listening and talking with everyone who asked him a question. As he was leaving, I got my chance. Christie listened very attentively to my question, which was something like:
"What will do to stop the privatization of prisons for profit?"
His response was basically that prisons, themselves, are a matter for governments to run, although he allowed for "public-private finance" of the prison buildings. When I countered that that's more costly, he responded that it came down to a "'cost-benefit analysis." His main point was that prison populations need to be reduced, in particular by putting drug users through forced drug rehabilitation programs ... usually run by private, for-profit companies.
That was the gist of our discussion.