To win contracts, private prisons have been be cost-competitive with public facilities. To get shareholders and capital, they have to make a profit. How do they do it? Shane Bauer of Mother Jones Magazine went undercover for 4 months as a corrections officer at a Corrections Corporation of America prison in Louisiana, and he found the answers you’d expect…lower salaries, fewer benefits, and far worse conditions for prisoners. All of which, he tells us, have effects on those private prisons and people who live and work there…himself, he says, painfully included.