The corporate strategy of keeping unions out of the new prisons, wages low, and hours long, combined with the use of new technology to reduce staffing ratios, positioned the private sector as the lowest cost incarcerator
According to a June 2014 report by Reporters Without Borders, the Islamic Republic continues to be one of the world's top five incarcerators
of journalists: 58 reporters are currently in jail, 25 of whom were arrested and imprisoned during Mr Rohani's tenure.
Although prisoners may be viewed by anyone stationed on the watchtower, the cellular architecture precludes their seeing one another and organizing a rebellion against their incarcerators
The second reason why the prospects for privatizing the penal apparatus are limited is that, when all expenses are tallied up, including the tax breaks, depreciation benefits, and infrastructural subsidies they receive, for-profit incarcerators
turn out to be marginally more expensive than the public sector.
Many of the activists served extended prison sentences and were brutally mistreated for non-cooperation with their incarcerators