The opinions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of either the Federal Bureau of Prisons or the U.S. Department of Justice. The empirical data for this report were taken from a report submitted by the Department of Justice to the U.S. Congress.
GROWTH AND QUALITY OF U.S. PRIVATE PRISONS: EVIDENCE FROM A NATIONAL SURVEY*
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
Criminology & Public Policy
Volume 1, Issue 3, pages 427–450, July 2002
How to Cite
CAMP, S. D. and GAES, G. G. (2002), GROWTH AND QUALITY OF U.S. PRIVATE PRISONS: EVIDENCE FROM A NATIONAL SURVEY. Criminology & Public Policy, 1: 427–450. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9133.2002.tb00102.x
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Private prisons;
- Staff separations;
- Inmate misconduct;
Research Summary: Private prisons incarcerate 5.3% of the sentenced, adult population in the United States. The present study presents selected results from a 1999 survey of administrators who monitored private prisons in the United States (or U.S. territories). Among the findings of interest, the private sector experienced significant problems with staff turnover, escapes, and drug use. Where possible, private prison operations were compared with those of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Policy Implications: Given the issues raised here with public safety, public sector agencies contracting for private prisons need to develop incentives or other means to ensure that private sector operators retain experienced custody staff.