States have been turning to privatization as a way to deal with a burgeoning and increasingly costly prison system. In corrections, privatization is the transference of the construction, operation, or specific functions of a prison facility from the public to the private sector. Proponents argue that there are many benefits to privatization. Construction of new prison facilities will occur faster and for less money when done by private companies. Operation costs will be lower, while correctional officers will receive higher salaries, and inmates ...

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