"There are some government functions that simply should not be outsourced, and housing prisoners is one of them. A 2001 Bureau of Justice Assistance study found higher rates of assaults on inmates in private jails. And evidence suggests that outsourcing jails doesn’t even save money. But the overcrowding problem has gotten so bad that nearly half of all immigration detainees are now housed in private, for-profit institutions. That’s a lot of taxpayer money — and a potential windfall for the corporations that run the jails." - Robert M. Morgenthau, Sept. 23, 2012.