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Changing the Guard

Private Prisons and the Control of Crime

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When prison privatisation began in the United States in the early 1980s, many policy analysts claimed that the result would be higher costs, declining quality, and an erosion of state authority. Bringing together five of the leading researchers of prison privatisation and criminology, this authoritative survey addresses the economic as well as the social implications of prison reform. Economist Ken Avio begins with an analysis of the broader issues surrounding the private-prison debate, such as punishment and recidivism, and crime deterrence. Charles Thomas, the world's leading authority on private prisons, provides the empirical context for understanding the debate, examining their historical origins, present status, and future prospects. Samuel Jan Brakel and Kimberly Ingersoll Gaylord examine the costs and quality of private prisons, and Bruce Benson argues that prison privatisation be instituted in concert with certain aspects of the criminal justice system.

Author Biography

Alexander Tabarrok is Research Director for The Independent Institute, Assistant Editor of The Independent Review, and Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University. Dr. Tabarrok is also the editor of the Independent Institute books, Entrepreneurial Economics and The Voluntary City. His scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Law and Economics, Public Choice, Economic Inquiry, Kyklos and many other journals. Dr. Tabarrok is the recipient of the Snavely Award, and he has been an Earhart Foundation Fellow and George A. and Frances Ball Foundation Fellow. Charles H. Logan is Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut and an internationally known authority on criminology and private prisons.
Release date NZ
October 15th, 2002
Contributors
Edited by Alexander Tabarrok Foreword by Charles H. Logan
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Independent Institute,U.S.
Pages
270
Dimensions
152x229x16
ISBN-13
9780945999874
Product ID
1862747

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