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NCJ Number: 134427 Find in a Library
Title: Privatization and the Penal System: The American Experience and the Debate in Britain
Author(s): M Ryan; T Ward
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 120
Sponsoring Agency: St Martin's Press
New York, NY 10010
Publication Number: ISBN 0-312-03214-5
Sale Source: St Martin's Press
Scholarly & Reference Division
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States of America
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In recent times there has been much argument in Britain and the U.S. over the question of privatizing prisons.
Abstract: Progressive groups like the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union have campaigned against it at State and Federal levels. In Britain, where the State has managed and controlled all prisons from the center since 1877, virtually the entire penal lobby has opposed privatization. The main thrust of criticism was directed at privatization per se, at the very idea that the State might take such a determined step back from directing and controlling the penal apparatus. This is a complex and at times overlapping debate and one which involves ethical, legal, and political considerations which belong to the public domain. This evaluation of the American experience is lacking in one crucial dimension, the offender's voice. What offenders feel about being guarded by those on a private payroll obviously matters, however, this gap has not been filled due to obstacles in conducting systematic enquiries. 387 notes and index
Main Term(s): Privatization in corrections
Index Term(s): Foreign correctional systems; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Private sector-government cooperation
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