Closure of Private Prisons

This recent report from the OIG of the Department of Justice – Review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Monitoring of Contract Prisons – calls for the eventual phase-out of private prisons, stating “We found that in a majority of the categories we examined, contract prisons incurred more safety and security incidents per capita than comparable BOP [Bureau of Prisons] institutions.” (ii) A recent study explores the world of private prisons: Federal Prison Population Buildup: Options for Congress (CRS, 2016) argues that “Research that reviewed the results of state and local efforts to privatize correctional systems generally found that it is questionable whether privatization can deliver lower costs and whether services provided by private prisons are comparable to services provided by public prisons.” (6) Many excellent references accompany this report. Additional literature can be perused here.

 

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