Scary as it may sound, that’s exactly what is being proposed in North Carolina. A subsidiary of the GEO Group, GEOCare, is trying to take over mental health services for serious offenders for the entire state of North Carolina
, which is also considering privatizing health care for its prisoners. I’m sure nothing could possibly go wrong if a private company that earns money by keeping people incarcerated longer would be in control of providing rehabilitation services to violent offenders.
But in all seriousness, this is a pretty terrifying proposition to me. GEO has enough trouble managing normal prison populations, let alone high-risk prisoners. As the executive director of the NC State Employees Association said, “it just boggles [the] mind that folks think a for-profit private company with shareholders can perform a more efficient, better service at a cheaper rate than state employees.”