Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2016

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Political Science

Major

Political Science

First Advisor

Alex Tuckness

Abstract

Private prison companies simply cannot prove that they are better than the public prison sector. This research was conducted to help determine why government agencies should take in consideration the advantages and disadvantages of contracting private companies to manage and/or provide facilities to incarcerate inmates. The research identifies that the private sector’s promises of better recidivism rates, lower cost of operations, and staff’s training, pay, and benefits equal to the public prison system are not significant enough to weigh in favor of contracting with the private companies. Statistical date, studies, peer reviewed sources, and journals regarding correctional centers being operated by either the public or private sector were reviewed and compared. The findings indicate inconclusive evidence regarding claims of private prisons being significantly more efficient and effective than local, state, and federally operated correctional centers.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-5429

Copyright Owner

James Michael Roller

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

69 pages

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