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NCJ Number: 167502 Find in a Library
Title: Making Privatization Decisions Without Getting Burned: A Guide for Understanding the Risks (From Privatization and the Provision of Correctional Services: Context and Consequences, P 61-73, 1996, G. Larry Mays and Tara Gray, eds. - See NCJ-167497)
Author(s): M J Gilbert
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
Publicity Director
2035 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines issues that should be considered before making privatization decisions and provides a structure for understanding and managing the risks.
Abstract: Correctional privatization introduces a vendor's private financial interests into public policy processes, adding profit, economic rationality, and corporate survival to the other interests common to both private and public organizations. Several questions should be seriously considered before privatization decisions are made: What are the limits of privatization? Is it consistent with long-term public interests? How can it be guided to lessen the risk of private abuses? and What conditions should be imposed to manage the risks of abuse? Correctional privatization offers efficient, cost-effective correctional services that are highly responsive to demand. However, private interests may work to create or increase demand out of desire for economic gain. The risks of abuse may be reduced by protective strategies that define the limits of contractor involvement in correctional policy, provide for contract monitoring, retain some level of governmental operation, and maintain the technical expertise to allow independent assessment of policy alternatives. Public policymakers need to recognize that jail and prison privatization is at best a short-term strategy that may help meet immediate demand for more confinement space. Figure, notes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Corrections decisionmaking; Corrections management; Corrections policies; Cost effectiveness analysis; Private sector civic involvement; Private sector-government cooperation; Privatization in corrections; Statistics
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