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NCJ Number: 167499 Find in a Library
Title: Private Confinement and the Role of Government in a Civil Society (From Privatization and the Provision of Correctional Services: Context and Consequences, P 13-20, 1996, G. Larry Mays and Tara Gray, eds. - See NCJ-167497)
Author(s): M J Gilbert
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
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United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the proper role of government in a civil society and how this influences decisions regarding privatization of corrections.
Abstract: In a civil society, government should punish offenders according to objective laws; maintain its sovereignty through control of public policy, including punishment of offenders; and protect the public interest when it conflicts with individual self-interest, as in profit-motivated expansion of private correctional enterprises. The ideological arguments supporting correctional privatization are diametrically opposed to the proper role of government in a civil society. The arguments that support private prisons and jails are rooted in the self-interest of correctional enterprise rather than public interest. But the practice is legal and constitutional and is here to stay. However, if privatization is to be used, it should augment, not replace, public confinement. If decisionmakers bear in mind the proper role of the government, they will make better decisions about the use of correctional privatization. Notes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Corrections decisionmaking; Corrections management; Corrections policies; Government contracting; Governmental planning; Private sector civic involvement; Private sector-government cooperation; Privatization in corrections
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