Changing the Guard: Private Prisons and the Control of Crime / Edition 1

Changing the Guard: Private Prisons and the Control of Crime / Edition 1

by Alexander Tabarrok
     
 

ISBN-10: 0945999879

ISBN-13: 9780945999874

Pub. Date: 10/01/2002

Publisher: Independent Institute, The

When prison privatization began in the United States in the early 1980s, many policy analysts claimed that the result would be higher costs, declining quality, and an erosion of state authority. Bringing together five of the leading researchers of prison privatization and criminology, this authoritative survey addresses the economic as well as the social implications…  See more details below

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When prison privatization began in the United States in the early 1980s, many policy analysts claimed that the result would be higher costs, declining quality, and an erosion of state authority. Bringing together five of the leading researchers of prison privatization and criminology, this authoritative survey addresses the economic as well as the social implications of prison reform. Economist Ken Avio begins with an analysis of the broader issues surrounding the private-prison debate, such as punishment and recidivism, and crime deterrence. Charles Thomas, the world's leading authority on private prisons, provides the empirical context for understanding the debate, examining their historical origins, present status, and future prospects. Samuel Jan Brakel and Kimberly Ingersoll Gaylord examine the costs and quality of private prisons, and Bruce Benson argues that prison privatization be instituted in concert with certain aspects of the criminal justice system.

Author Biography: Alexander Tabarrok, research director of the Independent Institute, edited The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society, and Entrepreneurial Economics. Charles H. Logan is the author of Private Prisons: Cons and Pros.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780945999874
Publisher:
Independent Institute, The
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1Introduction1
2The Economics of Prisons9
3Correctional Privatization in America: An Assessment of Its Historical Origins, Present Status, and Future Prospects57
4Prison Privatization and Public Policy125
5Do We Want the Production of Prison Services to Be More "Efficient"?163
Index217
About the Authors229

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