Punishment for Sale Private Prisons, Big Business, and the Incarceration Binge

ISBN-10: 1442201738
ISBN-13: 9781442201736
Edition: 2009
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Description: Punishment for Sale is the definitive modern history of private prisons, told through social, economic and political frames. The authors explore the origin of the ideas of modern privatization, the establishment of private prisons, and the efforts  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Punishment for Sale is the definitive modern history of private prisons, told through social, economic and political frames. The authors explore the origin of the ideas of modern privatization, the establishment of private prisons, and the efforts to keep expanding in the face of problems and bad publicity. The book provides a balanced telling of the story of private prisons and the resistance they engendered within the context of criminology, and it is intended for supplemental use in undergraduate and graduate courses in criminology, social problems, and race and ethnicity.

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Preface
Introduction
The Crime "Problem" and the Free Market "Solution"
America's Incarceration Binge: The Expansion of Prisons, Budgets, and Injustice
The Big Government "Problem" and the Kentucky Fried Prison "Solution"
Understanding the Operations of Prison, Inc.
The Prison-Industrial Complex: Profits, Vested Interests, and Politics
Confronting Problems: Blame Prisoners and Contracts, Then Get A Bailout
A Critical Look at the Efficiency and Overhead Costs of Private Prisons
Conclusion: Back to the Future
Appendix: Using the Securities and Exchange Commission Website to Research Private Prisons
References
Index
About the Authors

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