A lot of people are up in arms privatizing prisons. Here’s an example where the private facilities just seem to work better.
I think some of it may be that private prisons and detention centers can be sued, while government equivalents can hide behind one form or another of sovereign immunity.
SOME OF THE BEST-RUN MEDIUM-TERM IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITIES ARE PRIVATE: I’ve toured both a public and a privately-run medium-term* facility ( and reported on them here ). The private one was significantly nicer. I’ve also spoken to a federal official whose job it was to inspect both types.