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New Report from The Sentencing Project, ‘Too Good to be True: Private Prisons in America’

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 - 1:14 pm

Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project, sent out an email noting a new report on Private Prisons, authored by Program Associate, Cody Mason.

Among the report's major findings:

  • From 1999 to 2010 the use of private prisons increased by 40 percent at the state level and by 784 percent in the federal prison system.
  • In 2010 seven states housed more than a quarter of their prison population in private facilities.
  • Claims of private prisons’ cost effectiveness are overstated and largely illusory.
  • The services provided by private prisons are generally inferior to those found in publicly operated facilities.
  • Private prison companies spend millions of dollars each year attempting to influence policy at the state and federal level.

The full report, Too Good to be True: Private Prisons in America, includes a comprehensive chart on state and federal privatization levels, as well as detailed graphs and data on the lobbying and contribution activities of Corrections Corporation of America.