Many—or most—private prisons are hellholes. They are operated under bare-bones standards, which often results in inmate abuse, neglect—or death. Private prisons are an open dirty secret in our nation. There is nothing “correctional” about them. Their very existence is shameful. Due to the profit motive, corporations that operate private prisons have a strong financial interest in perpetuating mass incarceration indefinitely. They regularly lobby elected officials for this very purpose. That is evil and disgusting. It is long past time to terminate the contracting of private prisons by public agencies and government institutions in America. Close these immoral hellholes NOW!