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NCJ Number: 185412 Find in a Library
Title: Privatizing and Regionalizing Local Corrections: Some Issues for Local Jurisdictions to Consider
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:62  Issue:6  Dated:October 2000  Pages:116-128
Author(s): Kenneth A. Ray; Kathy O'Meara-Wyman
Date Published: October 2000
Page Count: 7
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Privatization and regionalization in corrections are two options that have advantages and disadvantages and that local government leaders can consider as ways of meeting ever-increasing public demands for improved operational performance and cost-effectiveness in local government.
Abstract: The decision whether or not to use one or both of these approaches is complex due to the multitude of issues involved and arduous because the issues and interests involved are significant and affect both public and private interests. The care and protection of the public, correctional staff, and inmates are crucial factors to consider. Supporters of privatization present arguments related to philosophical, economic, and efficiency issues. Opponents bolster their position in these three basic areas with added concerns about ethics in relation to accountability and corruption. Regionalization involves similar issues and usually results from concerns about the high cost of jail construction and ongoing operation. The seven organizational arrangements for regionalization range from the operation of a regional facility by a consortium of local jurisdictions to total consolidation of city-county jurisdiction inmates, resources, and governance. Private sector involvement in a regional jail concept or facility affects all aspects of the seven organizational options. Consideration of these issues reveals the absence of a single right answer or an easy way to make the decision. Therefore, jurisdictions must understand the issues and local situation well before making a decision. 7 references
Main Term(s): Privatization in corrections
Index Term(s): Correctional planning; Corrections management; Interagency cooperation; Regionalization
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