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Title: Comparison of Privately and Publicly Operated Corrections Facilities in Kentucky and Massachusetts - Final Report
Corporate Author: The Urban Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 231
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document addresses the questions of cost and service quality/effectiveness of using private contractors for the management and operation of correctional facilities.
Abstract: This study was undertaken during 1987-1988 to compare State government correctional facilities in two States (Massachusetts and Kentucky) are managed and operated by private contractors to similar facilities that are managed and operated by public employees. Data collection procedures included surveys of inmates and staff, interviews with officials involved in the operation of facilities, and physical inspections of each facility. It was concluded that use of privately-owned correctional facilities for minimum security adult males and for difficult youth offenders is an appropriate option for State governments. It is an important option, particularly if additional capacity is needed by the State. While these findings do not indicate that private operation should be substituted for existing public facilities, they do indicate that the use of the private sector, in appropriate situations, can be good for both inmates and the public. 58 tables and appendix.
Main Term(s): Privatization in corrections
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Correctional facilities; Kentucky; Massachusetts
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