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NCJ Number: 120307 Find in a Library
Title: Proprietary Prisons (From American Prison: Issues in Research and Policy, P 45-62, 1989, Lynne Goodstein and Doris Layton MacKenzie, eds. -- See NCJ-120304)
Author(s): C H Logan
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After tracing early examples of prison privatization, this chapter identifies pertinent issues requiring study and debate and examines the two primary issues in the debate: propriety and cost.
Abstract: "Proprietary prisons" are secure confinement facilities managed by privately owned companies under contract to government. As a matter of propriety, the opponents of such prisons have argued that it is improper for any entity but the government to operate a prison. This argument can be countered, however, since the authority of the State to imprison is originally derived from the consent of the governed and may, therefore, with similar consent be delegated further. Moreover, that authority is not absolute but is subject to law and the requirements of due process, whether it is exercised by salaried State employees or by contracted agents. Regarding cost, there is not yet sufficient evidence to support generalizations about the comparative costs of proprietary versus government prisons. The audit of a proprietary prison in Hamilton County, Tenn., however, found a significant dollar difference favoring private management for each of 3 years. Private prisons will not, and should not, reduce the responsibility of government for imprisonment. It is not likely that in the foreseeable future such prisons will replace government in the total volume of prisoners held and number of facilities managed. 10 references.
Main Term(s): Privatization in corrections
Index Term(s): Corrections policies; Prison management; Tennessee
Note: From Volume 4 in the Law, Society, and Policy series.
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