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Prison Privatization

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.