Privatising our cities

There was a time, not too far in the past, when city services were provided by, well, cities. If you were connected to water and sewer systems, they were maintained by the city and you paid the city. If you rode┬áthe bus, tram, trolley, or ferry, it was the city who punched your ticket. Garbage […]

The Privatisation of Prisons

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio estimates in a report on prison privatisation (.pdf) that nine percent of prisoners in the United States reside in private correctional institutions. Privatisation includes not just prisons, but also jails and detention facilities for immigrants; in fact, one of the first privatised corrections services in the United States […]