Examining Private Prisons

A new report from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) and funded by the Public Welfare Foundation focuses on the gap between the claims of private prison supporters and the real impact of privatization on criminal justice policies.

About eight percent of all inmates – including a large proportion of immigrant detainees – are housed currently in privately operated facilities. Does prison privatization provide substantial savings and quick relief to overcrowding? Does it lead to the hiring of low-paid, poorly trained staff that can compromise the safety of staff, inmates and the general public?

These are among the questions and issues explored in the report, called “Prison Bed Profiteers: How Corporations Are Reshaping Criminal Justice in the U.S.” It gives jurisdictions, communities, and advocates information and recommendations to help slow the growth of private prisons as well as improve existing institutions.

To view the report, click here.


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