The idea of private prisons was introduced in 1969. Private prisons do not have to rely on the government in order to get sufficient goods and services. During the 1980s, incarceration rates skyrocketed. Because the United States needed more facilities to house offenders, and running a prison is very expensive, the privatization of prisons took place. Private prisons can supply goods and services without relying on the government, and they can make a profit in this industry in the process.
In the past few years, the United States prison population has rapidly increased every year. The cost of the overpopulation in prison is affecting the nation’s economy and the government is spending too much money on prisons that are mostly supported by taxpayers. The governments have turned to private prisons to hopefully spend less money and decrease overcrowding of prisons. The increase of population in prisons contributes to overcrowding and this causes the government to spend more money on convicted
Private Prisons Over the years, the number of prisoners has increased in the United States calling for more prisons to accommodate the prisoners. Due to this increase, the state found it beneficial for the establishment of for-profit prison companies which own private prisons what will help to lock more prisoners due to the great numbers. A private prison also known as for profit prison is a penitentiary or jail where inmates are confined by a third party that has been contracted by the state.
Private Prisons: A Poor Choice for the United States The United States currently houses over 2.4 million prisoners – more than any other country in the world. Since caring for each of these inmates costs between $20,000 and $50,000 per year, it is not a shock that the government is looking for ways to cut costs. However, the use of private prisons is not the solution to America’s problem. For-profit prisons may appear to save funds, but studies have found that they actually cost the taxpayers more
Moskos' central argument is that our nation's entire prison system is inhumane. Incarceration is not the best alternative because it often means tearing apart families, social bonds, a lack of options upon re-entry, and inhumane prison conditions. He offers flogging as an alternative to incarceration. Is flogging less humane than prisons? It depends on whether you think that five to ten really painful skin ripping lashes are somehow more detrimental to human lives than caging those lives for five
The for-profit prison industry has seen incredible growth in the last two decades. The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), which is the largest owner of private prisons in the nation, has experienced a 500% revenue increase during that time (Kroll). The United States has a long history of private corporations interacting with prisons, but until the 1980s, that was limited to contracting out convicts for certain services. As prison populations expanded, however, completely privately owned and
of those current policies in his 2004 article, “LESSONS FROM THE ‘GET TOUGH’ MOVEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES.” Before going into the six areas that are affected, he introduces statistical information from 1972 to present (2004), showing increase in prison population and crime rate. Then he relays the effects of those policies in six (6). He points out that mass incarceration has little effect on reducing the crime rate and that mass incarceration can even hurt society as “parents, workers, consumers
The article I chose to write about was based on healthcare access in women’s prisons. More specifically, it focused on the idea of space in the prison systems and their internal geography. This comes off as a confusing statement but is actually quite simple. The idea in its most rudimentary form is relatively simple. Let’s say someone is sick and in need of care; and they live right down the road from a clinic. It’s a relatively easy manner to get there. Now let’s compare that to someone who needs
main character in the movie of the “Orange is the new Black”, describes her hostile prison situation. This simple sentence gives us an idea of the toughness and difficulties facing by the inmates in their prison life. We all know that it would not be an easy task for prisoners in their sentencing period as they have to learn a totally new set of norms and to prepare for a big-life lesson; yet, sending offenders to prison is seen as a way of punishment as well as a way of maintaining and promoting social
Tayler Horton Reading Summary October 22, 2014 SO391 In Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault, Foucault analyzes punishment in its social context, and examines how fluctuating power relations affected punishment. In order to do so, he begins analyzing the situation before the 18th century – a time when public execution and corporal punishment were routine punishments, and torture was utilized in most criminal investigations. He notes that during that time, punishment was ritualistic and often