Rubio: Potentially Shutdown Private Prisons if Not Fulfilling Purpose

Austin Henshaw on January 25, 2016
Marco Rubio is open to private prisons if they save taxpayers money, but acknowledged all of them might not be up to standard as state and federal government run-prisons. He said if they weren't fulfilling their purpose, he is open to them potentially being shut down.

On Saturday at Marco Rubio’s town hall in Ames, Iowa, I took the opportunity to ask Marco a question while in line for pictures with the candidate. I asked him his thoughts on private prisons in the brief time I had to interact with him, and he said he was open to them if they saved taxpayers money, but acknowledged all of them might not be up to standard as state and federal government-run prisons. If they weren’t fulfilling their purpose, he said he is open to them potentially being shut down.

I would have liked to have a longer conversation with him about other areas in regards to criminal justice reform (the potential of private contractors and shareholders incentivizing arresting more people and keeping inmates longer for their own monetary gain, the “War on Drugs”, and rehabilitation to help prisoners become successful members of society once they are released), but I was happy for the brief conversation I did have with him. I wish more of the candidates talked more openly about their ideas in regards to criminal justice.

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