This kind of talk has lead some to wonder if there aren't other government functions that can be privatized -- including law enforcement and forensic investigations. Some, myself included, wonder if there aren't some things private companies shouldn't do, and some services that should be the sole responsibility of governments to take on.
Public safety is not a private matter; it is in everyone's best interest to contribute toward ensuring we are all safe to move about freely in furtherance of commerce and pursuit of liberty. Sometimes, the only motivation that should be necessary is simply to do the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing. This is the ultimate goal of public safety professionals.
When there's a profit to be had, motives get cloudy. Prison officials and corrections officers may be enticed to cut corners to help boost the bottom line. When the final motivation is not public safety, then we are all at risk. What do you think?
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