1,300 since Republican Governor Chris Christie took office. These are not the halfway houses you think of -- small, homelike places where prisoners can adjust slowly to a return to society. These are gigantic human warehouses, apparently, indistinguishable from prisons except for less security. The Times has several Willie-Horton-like stories of prisoners just walking away from these facilities, or from job-release programs connected to them, and resuming their careers of murder and mayhem. In keeping with current fashion, the halfway houses are privately managed, most by a firm called Community Education. Christie, apparently so blinded by ideology (privatization is good; state government is bad) that he cant see the obvious, has praised Community Education as representing the very best of the human spirit. Christie has actually been a paid and registered lobbyist for Community Education. A close pal is a senior vice president of the company. A son-in-law of Community Educations CEO was hired in 2010 as an executive assistant in the governors office. Willie Horton One prisoner committed murder after escaping. The system is a mess, a former senior corrections investigator says. No matter how many escaped, no matter how many were caught, no matter how many committed heinous acts while they were on the run, they still kept releasing more guys into the halfway houses, and it kept happening over and over again. Chris Christie Thinks Dangerous, Porous Halfway Houses Should Be "Celebrated": Gothamist Republicans are the ultimate self fulfilling prophecy. Government doesn't work and when they are running it, it doesn't. They make sure of it.