I am opposed to the privatization of functions within the Corrections Department and other state agencies. I think Gov. Ernie Fletcher is an honest man but may be getting bad advice from his staff and outside advisers.
Anyone who has ever worked for state government will tell you that every department in the state is saturated with political appointees, usually in the top positions. This may not be all bad in some areas, but it is devastating in the Department of Corrections, the Military Department and the state police.
Having spent several years working behind the fence in an adult institution, I have some knowledge of the working of a prison. First, it is important to understand that inmates are humans just like you and I. They have basic needs that must be met: shelter, food and medical service. Take away any of these three, and you eventually will have trouble.