Interesting thought to which I really have no opinion at this point. But there's an article in today's Boston Globe that announces Massachusetts is going to experiment with the idea. This concept first started in England recently. These privatized programs are funded with "social impact bonds". Investors may fund social programs Massachusetts, others eye new model to fund social programs - The Boston Globe "Massachusetts could be among the first states in the country to raise money for social services by offering investors the chance to earn profits on programs they establish. The approach is known as â€œsocial impact bondsâ€™â€™ or â€œpay for success.â€™â€™ It is based on the idea that if programs backed by investors succeed in reducing, for example, the number of inmates in prison or the homeless population, governments will realize big savings, which they can tap to pay off investors with healthy returns. If the programs fail, the government would owe little or nothing." On the surface, it sounds like a good idea. Especially because programs must be successful in order to cash in on the bonds and make a profit. Any thoughts?