IMO the labor market will ultimately be the key to the success of private prison enterprises. PZN's problems aside (though I should say that I would characterize them as more "ego" than "theivery" based--lack of foresight rather than criminal intent), the cost of labor will ultimately be the difference between public and private. I think that the good economy has worked against the privates in this battle. Unions were originally developed to protect worker rights, however over the past 30 years or so, federal and state laws have been passed to provide this protection. IMO it is increasingly difficult to justify the need for a union--especially from an employee perspective when it comes to fair treatment. Currently the primary benefit from a union is not job protection or safety, it is higher wages. When there are not enough workers to go around, they will elect to work union for the pay and consequently the privates must pay more to retain enough staff. If unemployment increases, however, workers will be forced to take the lesser-paying jobs at the privates--allowing the privates to offer savings to the government plus profits for the shareholders. The unions argue that this will cause unfair treatment of employees. IMO the jury is still out on that issue.