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NCJ Number: 120120 Find in a Library
Title: Prisons, Profits and Politics: The Tennessee Privatization Experiment
Journal: Judicature  Volume:73  Issue:2  Dated:(August-September 1989)  Pages:98-102
Author(s): D H Folz; J M Scheb II
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 5
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Tennessee's experience in attempting to craft legislation for corrections privatization shows why this option is not a significant alternative for addressing the corrections crisis in the United States.
Abstract: Facing a huge expenditure to implement court-ordered reform in its corrections system, the Tennessee legislature considered a bill that would establish comprehensive privatization in the State's corrections system. As the bill was being considered in committee, powerful lobbies opposing the bill created sufficient uncertainty about the benefits of privatization to kill the initial bill in committee. Moreover, the modest privatization bill that was enacted (privatization of a single facility) was burdened with complex provisions designed to protect State employee interests, prisoners' rights, and the State from legal liability. These requirements proved so costly for would-be contractors that they were deterred from bidding. The demise of corrections privatization may be less due to philosophical and constitutional issues than to economic uncertainty occasioned by the political necessity to accommodate groups with interests other than fiscal efficiency. 30 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Privatization in corrections
Index Term(s): Prison management; Prison overcrowding; Tennessee
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