Your research continues to fascinate me. We can count on you to share with us any negative article regarding CCA/PZN or privatization. Of course, we can find it from other sources, too, such as the AFSCME site or CUSA.
The North Carolina piece was particularly interesting. The writer seems totally out of touch with the corrections climate. Rightly or wrongly, the pendulum has swung away from rehabilitation to warehousing. Society has said get the criminals off the streets, lock 'em up, take away their privileges and don't parole 'em. Hence, privatization, as there weren't and aren't enough beds to hold everyone that "we" want to lock up.
The states get what they pay for, and they know what they pay for. If CCA's management is deficient, the answer is simple - don't renew their contract. Contract renewal is the most powerful incentive to a private company, and I trust CCA is responsive.
What you, and other critics, keep forgetting is that the private facilities are typically new, with new staff. I doubt if their start-up experiences are any worse than newly opened public facilities.
This anti-privatization stuff really gets me going. Perhaps you're right, private companies can't be trusted with holding criminals. Nor, perhaps, should they be trusted with flying airplanes, building roads, making drugs, running universities, processing foods or arming the military.
Many of these industries could take a lesson from our public school system. It has flourished so well under government direction, particularly since the teachers unionized.