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NCJ Number: 171504 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluating Private Prisons: Comparisons, Competition and Cross-fertilization
Journal: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology  Volume:30  Issue:3  Dated:(December 1997)  Pages:259-274
Author(s): A K Bottomley; A L James
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 16
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This article compares privately managed prisons with similar prisons in the public sector.
Abstract: Studies in the United States and Australia suggest that, compared with similar prisons in the public sector, privately managed prisons appear to operate at lower cost, without any significant reduction in the quality of service. However, regimes of equal quality are found in the public sector, showing that privately managed prisons have no monopoly on innovation or good practice. Reviewing the claim that privatization is intended to have a cross-fertilization effect on the whole prison system, it is difficult to separate the effects of other changes on prison conditions and regime delivery. It is more likely that the new competitive ethos and the introduction of new management techniques have encouraged prison managers to economize, innovate, and often match the achievements of the private sector. If and when there is very little to choose between the cost and quality of the two sectors, it will be increasingly difficult to reach an informed view on the appropriate size and scope of the private sector in the mixed economy of the penal estate for the 21st century. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Australia; Correctional reform; Corrections management; Foreign correctional facilities; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign corrections statistics; Operations research; Privatization; Privatization in corrections; United Kingdom (UK)
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