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NCJ Number: 98580 Find in a Library
Title: Corrections and the Private Sector - Fad or Future?
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Project Director: J Sevick; M Reid
Date Published: 1985
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20850
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Audiovisual Sales
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20850
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video examines -- through interviews with administrators, guards, researchers, businessmen, and inmates -- the interlocking issues surrounding private sector involvement in managing and supporting jails and prisons.
Abstract: The privatization issue is currently attracting national attention as States and cities struggle to improve jail and prison services and reduce crowding in spite of limited financial resources. Four major areas of private sector involvement with corrections are discussed: increased contracting for services (such as food service or medical care), new methods of financing facility construction (such as 'lease-backs'), the growth and prospects of prison industries (including 'high-tech' as well as traditional forms of prison labor), and the pros and cons of total facility management by the private sector. The videotape suggests that the private sector is already deeply involved in the corrections field; the national debate concerns the extent and direction of further involvement. Most interviewees express cautious optimism about the impact of the private sector on jails and prisons in the near future, but one administrator notes that total facility management is the least likely form of involvement.
Index Term(s): Contract corrections services; Correctional industries; Funding of prison construction; Prison contract health care; Prison management; Privatization
Note: Videocassette (Beta, VHS, and 3/4 inch), 26:30 minutes running time, color.
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