Private Prisons

Criminology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
History of privatization. Cost factors, conditions, rehabilitation efforts, public attitudes, problems.

“America’s prisons hold 1.9 million prisoners, far more than they were designed to incarcerate. Yet, government agencies (both state and federal) lack the funding required to build new prisons. Some states (such as New York and California) have circumvented the will of the voters and built costly new prisons, leaving a huge burden for taxpayers. Other states (such as Texas) have turned to private companies, which have stepped into that vacuum by building and operating prisons around the nation, though not without controversy.
Operators of private prisons claim they are cheaper, more efficient, and better at rehabilitation than public prisons. Many opponents challenge these assertions, arguing that the cost savings are illusory. Critics claim that any cost savings that are achieved result from…”

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