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“Lockup quotas” guarantee profits for the U.S. private prison industry

Habibi, Shar (2013) “Lockup quotas” guarantee profits for the U.S. private prison industry. LSE American Politics and Policy (31 Oct 2013). Website.

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Outsourcing public services is not a new concept for the U.S. and state government, but the recent trend towards the privatization of prison services, and the contracts that this entails has caused great concern among some commentators. Shar Habibi looks at the rise of “lockup quotas” in private prisons; quotas where states guarantee that prisons will be filled at rates of 90 percent or even higher. She argues that these quotas mean that even if communities realize their objective of lower crime rates, taxpayers will see no benefit, as they have to pay for prisons as if they were filled to capacity.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2014 13:17
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2021 23:19

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