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NCJ Number: 186466 Find in a Library
Title: County Sales Tax, Crime Rate, and Prison Bed Use in Florida: Implications for the Misuse of Prison Space
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:11  Issue:2  Dated:June 2000  Pages:91-112
Author(s): Brion Sever
Date Published: June 2000
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compares county prison bed use with county prison beds purchased to test for the existence of a commons problem in the Florida Correctional System.
Abstract: The tragedy of the commons occurs when a resource is held in common and there is no mechanism to discourage overconsumption. The study compared county prison bed use with county prison beds purchased through sales tax across all 67 counties in Florida from 1989 through 1995. The study tested county crime measures and other prison use considerations to determine if there was justification for county overuse of prison space. Several counties were consuming a disproportionate number of prison beds, and the overconsumption was largely unjustified by their crime rates. The study concludes that the tragedy of the commons is a salient problem troubling the Florida State correctional system; however, publicizing the results of a prison-use study creates a risk. As local government officials become aware of the disparity in the use of the system, they may want to use more State prison space and reduce their costs for local prison alternatives. This will further burden the overtaxed State system and will reduce the State’s ability to provide any meaningful rehabilitative programs. Tables, appendix, notes, references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Community resources; Corrections policies; Cutback management; Florida; Local criminal justice systems; Rehabilitation; State correctional facilities; State crime statistics; Statistical analysis
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