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Prison Privatization

Dangers Of Private Prison Vans Brought Into Spotlight

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.13.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

A front-page New York Times story headlined "On Private Prisoner Vans, Long Road of Neglect" examined the little-known for-profit firms providing interstate transport in large vans for persons being extradited to face out-of-state court hearings or shuttled to distant prisons.

Justice Department Sets Course For Private Prison Phase-Out

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.06.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Already, a federal contract will be ended for a private prison in New Mexico with 1,200 federal inmates, and another contract will be scaled backed from 10,800 spaces to 3,600. By next May, DOJ estimates the number of federal inmates in private prisons will fall below 14,200.

DOJ's Private Prison Phaseout Has Complex Roots

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 08.30.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

In a blog last week, I summarized the Department of Justice's August 18 announcement it plans to stop sending federal inmates to privately-owned prisons. Now, let's look at the background leading up to this change, and how far-reaching it may turn out to be.

Bernie Sanders Will Introduce Legislation To End Private Prisons

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he'll introduce legislation aimed at ending private prisons when Congress is back in sessions. Sanders, who is runnin...

Privatization Battles Loom

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

As more cash-strapped municipalities consider outsourcing services to try to save money, one public interest group is hoping to turn privatization eff...

Florida Moves To Privately-Run Juvenile Jails

Posted 10.15.2012 | Miami

In an effort to reduce costs, Florida's state-run residential programs for juveniles will soon be completely privatized. The Florida Department of ...

Ending the Cradle to Prison PipelineTM and Mass Incarceration -- the New American Jim Crow

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A black boy born in 2001 has a one in three chance of going to prison in his lifetime and a Latino boy a one in six chance of the same fate. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world: 7.1 million adult residents -- one in 33 -- are under some form of correctional supervision including prison, jail, probation, or parole. Michelle Alexander writes in her bestselling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness that there are more adult African Americans under correctional control today than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. In 2011, our state and federal prison population exceeded that of the top 35 European nations combined. Something's very wrong with this picture.

'Tough on Crime' No Longer the American Mantra?

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 07.02.2012 | Crime
Inimai Chettiar

Politicians have held strong to the conventional wisdom that being "tough on crime" will win elections and appease the public's appetite for safety. But the pendulum of public opinion is starting to swing in the other direction.

Jailing Americans for Profit: The Rise of the Prison Industrial Complex

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.10.2012 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

No matter what the politicians or corporate heads might say, prison privatization is neither fiscally responsible nor in keeping with principles of justice. It simply encourages incarceration for the sake of profits.

The Private Prison Industry: Resistance Isn't Futile

Eric Lotke | Posted 04.30.2012 | Crime
Eric Lotke

The private prison industry is on the march. In recent months the industry moved to take over 24 state prisons in southern Florida and buy five prisons in Ohio. Now it's making moves in Michigan. But the industry doesn't always win. Resistance isn't futile.

Say No to Private Prisons in Florida

Donna Red Wing | Posted 04.02.2012 | Miami
Donna Red Wing

Yesterday, Florida senators delayed their vote to sell a part of its state correctional system to the highest bidder. Sixteen thousand inmates would have become 'product' for the prison profiteers in this corporate take-over.

Chris Kirkham

Florida Prisons Bill Would Expand Private Management, Netting A Big Win For Political Contributors | Chris Kirkham | Posted 02.02.2012 | Business

Florida this week faces a choice that is increasingly confronting much of the nation -- whether to hand over a major slice of its prison system to pri...

Jailing Teenagers and the Poisoning of Public Purpose

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Cohen

The real problem is that the structure of private detention and prison contracting creates incentives and behaviors that poison our system of criminal justice.