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Here’s some news from the New York Times for the folks on the right who keep telling us that privatization is the answer to all our problems, including for our prison system. It is not cheaper, even when the private companies cherry pick who they take care of.

The conviction that private prisons save money helped drive more than 30 states to turn to them for housing inmates. But Arizona shows that popular wisdom might be wrong: Data there suggest that privately operated prisons can cost more to operate than state-run prisons — even though they often steer clear of the sickest, costliest inmates.

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