This popular reddit comment claims that for profit prisons "...literally lobby against things like early child education..."

I can't find any evidence for or against this claim. I've found many articles against for profit prisons, noting their conflict of interest with public good, but no specific evidence. Do for-profit prisons actually pay lobbyists to fight early child education?

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    Huh. Normally, I wouldn't think of "reddit comment" as notable, but 12.4k upvotes has a notability all its own
    – Ben Barden
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 18:36
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    In further support of this claim's notability, the original comment has (at the time I am writing this) a whopping 35.8 thousand responses, most of which seem to accept the claim without question. If the main criterion for notability here is "The claim is believed by a large number of people", this claim definitely qualifies. Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 21:23
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    Given the definition of the word like, I highly doubt it's not true. Surely some of them lobby for something. ... "Do for-profit prisons lobby against [things like] early childhood education?"
    – Mazura
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 21:33
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    Meh, it might be something like: they opposed more funding for pre-schools [or something like that], which many business might do because something like that may require taxes to be raised. Look at pewtrusts.org/~/media/legacy/uploadedfiles/pcs_assets/2008/… some "red states" don't fund pre-schools at all. Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 23:10
  • That same user posted other relevant comments. Unfortunately, when asked for a source for the claim in question, the response was: "Honestly, it was just conversations I had with leg staffers who would always complain when they had meetings like that. I wish I had some documentation - but you get used to crap like that."
    – Laurel
    Commented Dec 31, 2020 at 3:02


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