America's Prisons

The Movement Toward Profit and Privatization

by Curtis R. Blakely

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Synopsis

This reader introduces the student to prison management. Particular interest is given the increased role of profit in the application of punishment. Profit and prison privatization are viewed within their larger context. As such, public and private prison operations are compared. Part of this comparison takes place through situating each sector upon an ideological continuum. This placement helps indicate the direction being taken by the contemporary prison. It further reveals that tomorrow's prisons may be less driven by traditional objectives and more driven by the notions of profit and efficiency.

About The Author

Curtis Blakely is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Blakely has published extensively on the subjects of prisons, privatization, and correctional practice.