We use prisoners as veritable slave labor, so we make that 30k back in stride. Check it out: http://www.unicor.gov/ . Why send jobs over seas when we have people right here at home working for pennies on the dollar(literally).
“When the prisoners work, so does the system!!”
No we don’t. Some middle man makes all the money.
The “best” part about a private prison is the state pays you to house them, and then you get to make even more money by exploiting their labor.
It’s almost as if the motivation for high incarceration rates is profit for a select few and rehabilitation is just a thinly veiled excuse to keep free and cheap labor available for exploitation!