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The Drain of Public Prison Systems and the Role of Privatization:
A Case Study of State Correctional Systems

(Released February 2010)

 
  by David W. Miller  

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  1. Valerie Dunn, 41, of Riverside, reads on her bunk during an inmate count at The Leo Chesney Center in Live Oak, California

    The Leo Chesney Center, a mimi mum security correctional facility in Live Oak, California, is one of the state's nine privately run prisons
    Pauline Lubens/San Jose Mercury News. March 16, 2002, Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service
  2. California State Prisons Face Overcrowding Issues
    IONE, CA - AUGUST 28: Inmates at the Mule Creek State Prison crowd between bunk beds in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners August 28, 2007 in Ione, California. A panel of three federal judges is looking to put a cap on the California State Prison population after class action lawsuits were filed on behalf of inmates who complained of being forced to live in classrooms, gymnasiums and other non-traditional prison housing. California prisons house nearly 173,000 inmates with over 17,000 of them in non-traditional housing. The Mule Creek State Prison has had to modify several facilities to make room for an increasing number of inmates.
    Justin Sullivan, August 28, 2007, Getty Images

  3. California Budget Crisis Threatens Basic Services
    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: A Los Angeles police officer removes police tape outside Parker Center (L), headquarters for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), to allow pedestrians to pass after a suspicious package was removed from the street in front of the 911 Metro Dispatch Center on October 8, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has warned that California cash account balances will run out by the end of the month. If that happens, 5,000 California cities, counties, and school districts will face job layoffs and payments for law enforcement agencies, nursing homes, teachers, and other services and government entities could be suspended. A worldwide credit crunch threatens to derail state plans for a routine 7 billion dollar loan to even out the tax flow into the state treasury. Just two weeks after state lawmakers came to an agreement, after months of haggling on a record-overdue state budget, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is warning of future cuts to the state budget to deal with looming financial problems. With a frozen credit market and revenues for the first quarter of the fiscal year falling more than $1 billion short of projections, the governor and state legislative leaders may be forced to hold special sessions to deal with a new budget crisis.
    David McNew, October 8, 2008, Getty Images
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  1. Byron Eugene Price
    Assistant Professor, Graduate Department of Public Administration, Rutgers State University of New Jersey, Newark
    byprice@andromeda.rutgers.edu
    A study of the concept of prison privatization and the hidden costs involved to society. The author looks at how in the 1980s, the privatization of prisons and jails sprouted in the U.S. The author looks at financing of prisons and what compels state legislatures to pursue this path.... Based on prison privatization data across the 50 states, the study finds that political factors... to influence decisions to privatize than those typically offered by advocates of prison privatization

  2. Eric G. Lambert
    Professor/Chair, Department of Criminal Justice, Wayne State University
    http://www.clas.wayne.edu/unit-faculty-detail.asp?FacultyID=1681
    he antecedents of life satisfaction among staff at a Midwestern privateprison. Job satisfaction had... privateprison. In turn, job satisfaction and organization commitment were inversely linked... surveyed correctional staff at a maximum security privateprison to examine the impact of the work

  3. Elaine Genders
    Reader, Faculty of Laws, University College London
    http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/academics/profiles/index.shtml?genders
    managerialism, as well as by liberal market principles derived from the private sector. The article examines the lessons to be learned from the managerialist agenda and private sector involvement in prisons: in particular, the perverse effects of key performance targets and the fallacy of the "value...This article examines the advantages and disadvantages in public and private partnerships... prison, HMP Dovegate. Prisons are seen by the British Government as expensive capital items

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