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NCJ Number: 161649 Find in a Library
Title: Privatization and Contracting in Corrections: Results of an NIC (National Institute of Corrections) Survey
Corporate Author: LIS, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: LIS, Inc
Longmont, CO 80501
National Institute of Corrections
Aurora, CO 80011
Contract Number: J100C0017DQ9
Sale Source: National Institute of Corrections
Information Ctr
11900 E Cornell Ave, Unit C
Aurora, CO 80011
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Findings are presented from a 1995 National Institute of Corrections survey of departments of corrections (DOC's) to obtain information on the prevalence and characteristics of the full-scale privatization of the operation of secure adult prison facilities.
Abstract: The survey was sent in December 1995 to the DOC's in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Completed surveys were received from 47 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. One table shows the status of privatization of adult prison facilities. The table indicates whether privately operated prisons are in use or are planned, whether the private operation of prisons is being considered, whether the private operation of prisons has been considered and rejected, and whether the private operation of prisons has not been formally considered. Twelve States either have privately operated prisons in use or have planned such privatization. An outline of issues in the development of privately operated prisons considered who first promoted privatization, the construction and financing of facilities, and facility design. A listing of some DOC concerns about privatization of facilities includes the enforcement of departmental policy, costs and the basis for cost comparisons, general quality issues, legal liability, the use of force, and accreditation. Another table shows fiscal year 1995 expenditures for contracted programs and services. These encompass contracting in the areas of health care, food services, professional services, and inmate beds. The appendix presents DOC contact information for persons interested in networking on aspects of privatization and/or contracting.
Main Term(s): Privatization in corrections
Index Term(s): Contract corrections services; Corrections management; State correctional facilities; State-by-state analyses
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