We start 2011 off with a scary initiative in Nebraska - the privatization of child welfare. State social workers will have only initial responsibility for cases. The profit motive now enters child protection.
In Canada, we saw profit motive in an odd way - government providing funds to operate residnetial schools for aboriginal children. There was a fixed budget that needed to be operated within. That saw poor food. limited resources and disasterous outcomes.
No doubt there will be many who will note that jails in both the USA and the UK are operated successfuly by the private sector.
This is a curious mpral dilemma that should be watched very carefully.