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Locked up and Shipped Away: Interstate Prisoner Transfers & the Private Prison Industry

A look at the dangers of relying on interstate transfer of prisoners to reduce overcrowding in state facilities, citing CJCJ's recent study on the topic.

Profit Over Kids: Part III

This is the final blog of a three part series examining for profit youth facilities.

Profit Over Kids: Part II

This is the second installment of a blog series examining private for profit youth prisons.

Profits Over Kids, Part I

In this three-part series Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden examines for-profit youth prisons.

Easing California’s Prison Crisis via Private Prisons is a Bad Idea

Private prisons are not the answer to California's prison overcrowding crisis.

The complex link between incarceration and public safety

Brown's plan to reduce prison overcrowding focuses on increasing incarceration, rather than enhancing public safety.

Transferring Inmates Out-Of-State Has Negative Consequences
Transferring Inmates Out-Of-State Has Negative Consequences California Progress Report, August 1, 2012
Collateral Consequences of Interstate Transfer of Prisoners
Collateral Consequences of Interstate Transfer of Prisoners
CA Policy: Playing the game
The Justice Policy Institute published its report, Gaming the System , in June 2011, documenting the political strategies employed by the private prison industry to promote national incarceration-driven criminal justice policies.  The publication highlighted three approaches to influencing policy, including: ~ Campaign Contributions ~ Lobbying ~ Relationships and Associations How does it work in California? I have been writing a series of blogs documenting various lobbying efforts in…
Privatization of juvenile justice comes home to roost
Over the past three decades a continuous mantra among conservatives has been that the "free market" represents the best solutions to social problems.  The government is "too big" and is inefficient; the free market works best.  Let the market rule and social problems will disappear has been the thinking. One of the consequences of this line of thinking is the privatization movement where issues normally handled by the government should  be turned over to private businesses.  The profit motive…
Privatization of prisons hinders criminal justice reform
Despite declining crime rates, incarceration rates are at an all time high in the United States with 2 million adults in prison, including 150,000 in California institutions.  The number of people in private prisons has increased more rapidly than the rate of people sentenced to state and federal facilities.  The reason behind this growth is due to the direct link between the private prison industry, monopolized by the GEO group and the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), and The American…
CJCJ's most recent publication: The Prison Industry
Read CJCJ's newest publication "incarceration in the United States versus worldwide incarceration rates prisons as a market for profits the prison-building frenzy cashing in on crime and matters revolving around privatization of prisons.
The Prison Industry
The Prison Industry
Brewer, Arpaio and CCA
Over the summer reports started to emerge that revealed that two key advisors for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer had close ties to Corrections Corporation of America .  Specifically local CBS affiliate KPOH reported that "two of Brewer's top advisers have connections" to private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). Lawrence Lewis, writing for the Daily Kos , reported that "Paul Senseman, Brewer's deputy chief of staff, is a former lobbyist for CCA. His wife…
Prison Industry
I'm sure not too many people noticed but a brief news report from a newspaper in Chattanooga, Tennessee called attention once again to the perils of the privatization of prisons.  This story involves the settling of a lawsuit filed against Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the leading private prison company in the world. (Here's the story , which has a link to the actual lawsuit that you can download). Although the case centered around one prison in Hamilton County, it was a national…
It's More Profitable to Treat the Disease than to Prevent it: Why the Prison Industrial Complex Needs Crime
It's More Profitable to Treat the Disease than to Prevent it: Why the Prison Industrial Complex Needs Crime

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