Private prisons are a stain on our national identity. It is morally wrong for someone to make money off of the punishment and perpetual imprisonment of others. Georgia’s private prisons must be closed immediately. Though Georgia has made strides in recent years towards criminal justice reforms, these are only the first steps. First and foremost, we must end the scourge of private prisons. These institutions wield unprecedented political power, lobbying lawmakers for harsher penalties for crimes so that they can fill more cells and create more free labor. This is modern day slavery and will one day be viewed as a dark stain on the fabric of our nation. There are some things that the government must be responsible for rather than the free market because there are some things that it is immoral to make a profit off of; the punishment and rehabilitation of criminals is clearly one of those things.