The Federalist Society

Making Prisons Compete: Private Prisons and the Demands on the Public System

October 1, 2007

Geoffrey F. Segal, Alexander McCobin

The American public is growing increasingly frustrated with the escalating cost of managing our vast prison system. Facilities are experiencing increased failures in safety, education, and health and training services. There is rising concern over the rates at which inmates are returning to jail, rather than successfully reentering the community. Institutional barriers and resistance to change among existing, public, bureaucratic management cultures have prevented correctional systems from adopting the most effective management practices and inmate rehabilitation programs....

Making Prisons Compete: Private Prisons and the Demands on the Public System  


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