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Document 027538
International Growth Trends in Prison Privatization
By Mason, Cody. Sentencing Project (Washington, DC).
While “privatization has enjoyed a steady reemergence in the United States, the companies managing these facilities have faced persistent criticism for providing low-quality services, failing to save taxpayer money, and negatively affecting criminal justice policy. Despite these failures, several countries have followed the United States in utilizing private prisons and detention centers with the intent of decreasing correctional expenditures and reducing prison overcrowding. These developments ... Read More
22 pages
Document 027629
Annual Privatization Report 2013: Criminal Justice and Corrections
By Gilroy, Leonard; Kenny, Harris; Volokh, Alexander; Livingston, Andrew. Reason Foundation (Los Angeles, CA).
If you are looking for a great overview of privatization and public-private partnerships in criminal justice and corrections, then this is the place to start. “Now in its 26th year of publication, Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report is the world's longest running and most comprehensive report on privatization news, developments and trends” The Criminal Justice and Corrections section contains subsections covering: A. 2012 Corrections Privatization Overview; B. State and International... Read More
41 pages
Document 027631
Criminal: How Lockup Quotas and "Low-Crime Taxes" Guarantee Profits for Private Prison Corporations
In the Public Interest (ITPI) (Washington, DC) .
“This report discusses the use of prison bed occupancy guarantee clauses in prison privatization contracts and explores how bed occupancy guarantees undermine criminal justice policy and democratic, accountable government.” Sections cover: why quotas (aka occupancy guarantee provisions, bed guarantee clauses) are important to the for-profit private prison company business model; the prevalence of quotas in contracts; and the impact of prison quotas on Colorado by contracts with Corrections Corpo... Read More
15 pages
Document 027518
Emergency Procedures for Private Prisons
Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections (Oklahoma City, OK).
Procedures cover: definition of an emergency; training—training, emergency drills, and notification for private prison disturbances or major disasters; departmental response to private prison emergencies—response, and media; incident debriefing and closure; serious incidents; and departmental response reimbursement—invoice process, monitoring receipts, and adjustments.... Read More
10 pages
Document 027770
The Prison Desk at the National Radio Project: New Voices Exploring Human Rights and Social Justice
National Radio Project. Prison Desk (Oakland, CA).
"The National Radio Project Prison Desk produces 29-minute shows and short segments committed to in-depth reporting on and critical analysis of incarceration in the US and worldwide" (p. 1). This website provides access to: recent shows; past NRP shows on prison issues; Prison Desk mission; and information on how to get involved.... Read More
Document 015712
Taft Prison Facility: Cost Scenarios
By Nelson, Julianne. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
The contract cost of services provided by Wackenhut to run the Taft facility are compared to the cost of comparable services directly provided by the Bureau of Prisons. The Taft project is the first fully-privatized federal correctional facility with an outside contractor assuming primary responsibility for operations. This report includes the following sections: an introduction; OMB Circular A-76 methodology; basis of comparison; comparing costs -- staff compensation, inmate services; miscellan... Read More
20 p.
Document 014789
Private Prisons in the United States: An Assessment of Current Practice
By McDonald, Douglas. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Abt Associates (Cambridge, MA).
After presenting an overview of the private imprisonment industry, this assessment addresses four major issues in privatization: Does contracting for prison operations save money? Do privately operated facilities provide better services? Legal issues relevant to contracting for imprisonment, and Implications for federal prisons. ... Read More
212 p.
Document 013682
Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting, January 1997
National Institute of Corrections. Jails Division (Longmont, CO).
This meeting focused on two issues: privatization of correctional facilities and the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1996. Ten presenters provide arguments for and against privatization. Political environment, contract terms, personnel, cost of operation, monitoring, and accountability are highlighted. The Prison Litigation Reform Act is explained and commented upon by two attorneys, Lynn Lund and William Collins. Appendices include the meeting agenda and list of participants.... Read More
52 p.
Document 011388
NIC Survey of State Corrections Departments, February, [March, April and May] 1994: Funding for Prison Beds
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Longmont, CO); LIS, Inc. (Longmont, CO).
These surveys of state corrections departments examine the planning, construction, and funding of prison beds throughout the United States. This material updates similar information reported in January 1992.... Read More
12 p.
Document 010043
Briefing Paper: Trends in Jail Privatization
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Boulder, CO); LIS, Inc. (Boulder, CO).
This briefing paper provides an overview of trends in jail privatization as evident in the following models: private management, development of a facility by the private sector, and private sector services provision. The author summarizes pro and con arguments, growth trends and the current extent of privatization in jails. Appendix A presents policy statements on corrections privatization from the American Jail Association, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, t... Read More
24 p.
Document 005798
Correctional Contracting: A Guide to Successful Experiences
By Camp, Camille Graham; Camp, George M.; Osmond, Gordon. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Criminal Justice Institute (South Salem, NY).
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138 p.
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