The $250 million proposal, circulated by the Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America to prison officials in 48 states, has been blasted by some state officials who suggest such a program could pressure criminal justice officials to seek harsher sentences to maintain the contractually required occupancy rates.
This is a good example of fake Libertarianism. Libertarians argue that markets do a better job than governments allocating resources. They would argue in favor of Corrections Corp. of America – in this case; the ‘market’ – as doing a better job allocating and managing prisoners – and ignore the fact – that Corrections Corp. is not allocating but transforming the market and society – so that prisoners are viewed as the optimal outcome of economic actively (instead of an externalized cost). Conversely, Libertarians argue that government should always be minimized. But clearly, in the case of Corrections Corp., the role of government as ‘buyer of first resort’ in economies-of-scale, commodity-type, undifferentiated goods and services: prisons, health care, education, infrastructure is ignored with the result being – a predatory monopolist transforming the legal system to fill prisons at a much higher cost. A real Libertarian would be lobbying to get rid of Corrections Corp.: a pox on the free market. But fake Libertarians ignore this cancer and continue with their fundamentalist ideologies and cult think.