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NCJ Number: 158279 Find in a Library
Title: Private Prisons: Can They Work? Panopticon in the Twenty-First Century
Journal: New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement  Volume:21  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1995)  Pages:171-202
Author(s): J G DiPiano
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 32
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of legal and other issues involved in the privatization of corrections concludes that opponents and proponents of privatization should work toward a partnership in which the advantages and disadvantages of privatization can be reconciled.
Abstract: The rapid increase in inmate populations is a problem that requires action now. Privatization is one viable option, although it involves a difficult issues. Crucial issues include cost, quality, and human rights. However, efforts should not be bound by traditional notions of criminal justice. Plans such as Bentham's Panopticon, a profitable place to house prisoners, could be modified and adapted to current notions of fairness in depriving people of liberty. Arguments that principles such as the nondelegation doctrine prohibit prison privatization only bog down the process of innovation in a dialogue of pessimism. The nondelegation doctrine reminds us that we must not enact inappropriate legislation, but it does not preclude privatization. We need to take a hard look at the problems involved in incarceration and avoid letting fear prevent innovation toward private involvement in prison population management. Footnotes
Main Term(s): Privatization in corrections
Index Term(s): Corrections policies
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