I wrote this morning that contracting out prison management isn't really privatizing anything some people responded that I was engaged in meaningless semantic hairsplitting.
I disagree. Since in non-prison contexts you can have the opportunity to do one or the other. For example, cities and transit agencies sometimes contract-out management of parking lots or parking garages that they own. This may be a good idea, but it's a totally different policy from privatizing (i.e., selling) the parking lot since one the parking lot has been privatized it might be turned into something other than a parking lot. Conversely, Compton eliminated its police department in 2000 and replaced it with law enforcement services contracted out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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