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Inside private prisons : an American dilemma in the age of mass incarceration / Lauren-Brooke Eisen.

Author/Creator:
Eisen, Lauren-Brooke author.
Publication:
New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
ix, 321 pages ; 24 cm
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Subjects:
Prisons -- United States.
Privatization -- United States.
Corrections -- Contracting out -- United States.
Corrections -- Contracting out.
Prisons.
Privatization.
United States.
Summary:
"When the tough-on-crime politics of the 1980s overcrowded state prisons, private companies saw potential profit in building and operating correctional facilities. Today more than a hundred thousand of the 1.5 million incarcerated Americans are held in private prisons in twenty-nine states and federal corrections. Private prisons are criticized for making money off mass incarceration―to the tune of $5 billion in annual revenue. Based on [the author’s] work as a prosecutor, journalist, and attorney at policy think tanks, [this book] blends investigative reportage and quantitative and historical research to analyze privatized corrections in America. From divestment campaigns to boardrooms to private immigration-detention centers across the Southwest, [the author] examines private prisons through the eyes of inmates, their families, correctional staff, policymakers, activists, Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees, undocumented immigrants, and the executives of America’s largest private prison corporations. Private prisons have become ground zero in the anti-mass-incarceration movement. Universities have divested from these companies, political candidates hesitate to accept their campaign donations, and the Department of Justice tried to phase out its contracts with them. On the other side, impoverished rural towns often try to lure the for-profit prison industry to build facilities and create new jobs. Neither an endorsement or a demonization, Inside Private Prisons details the complicated and perverse incentives rooted in the industry, from mandatory bed occupancy to vested interests in mass incarceration. If private prisons are here to stay, how can we fix them? This book is a blueprint for policymakers to reform practices and for concerned citizens to understand our changing carceral landscape."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
The prison buildup and the birth of private prisons
How the government privatized
Prisoners as commodities
The prison-industrial complex
Private prisons and the American heartland
The prison divestment movement
The politics of private prisons
Public prisons vs. private prisons
Wrestling with the concept of private prisons
Shadow prisons : inside private immigrant detention centers
The future of private prisons.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780231179706
0231179707
9780231542319
OCLC:
987716926