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NCJ Number: 150035 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluating and Responding to Private Prisons in the United Kingdom
Journal: International Journal of the Sociology of Law  Volume:21  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1993)  Pages:319-333
Author(s): M Ryan
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 15
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This analysis of the debate over privatization in corrections in the United Kingdom notes that the correctional system is a longstanding mixture of the private and public sectors and that the current debate involves both economic interests and differences over both where and on what terms private interests should be involved in corrections.
Abstract: Although the extent of privatization is easy to determine, cost issues and other issues related to effectiveness have not been definitively evaluated. Currently, trade unionists are struggling to protect their jobs and working conditions, while entrepreneurs want to maximize their profits. Other are concerned that private prisons will contribute to higher levels of incarceration. Some who believe that privatization is appropriate in some situations would question its use in cases involving maximum security. The debate is thus complex and about something more than public versus private. 17 references
Main Term(s): Privatization in corrections
Index Term(s): Contract corrections services; Corrections in foreign countries; Criminology; Great Britain/United Kingdom
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