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Deckert Antje & William R. Wood

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Chapter 16: Prison Privatization and Contract Facilities

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Prison Privatization and Contract Facilities
Prison privatization and contract facilities

In 1984, the newly formed Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) opened the first adult detention facility to be fully managed and run by a private corporation in the United States in over a century. This facility, the Houston Processing Center, was opened under a contract with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) for the purpose of detaining immigrants facing deportation and administrative hearings. That same year, CCA took over management of the Tall Trees Juvenile Facility in Tennessee, followed in 1985 with the Silverdale Detention Facility in Hamilton County, Tennessee. Since the end of the 1980s, the number of correctional and detainment facilities operated by for-profit corporations in the United States has grown from about ...

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