Privatization Of Prisons And Its Effects On Private Prisons

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Privatization of prisons is the confining of inmates by a third party that is contracted by a government agency and it refers to the takeover of present public facilities by private operators and the operation of new prisons by for-profit prison companies. Privatization is simply a contract that shifts public functions and responsibilities, in whole, from the public sector to the private sector. Private prisons can also be defined as a contract to provide other services to public prisons such as transportation, maintenance, food, and a contract to project and operate new prisons. There are two sides to the argument about the privatization of prisons. Both have strong arguments in whether they are for or against the model. I have researched the history behind private prisons, the positives for them and also negatives that present. A very common fallacy about private prisons is that they do not have any links to the government. In actuality, privatized prisons normally go into a contract with a government agency to hold inmates and in return, the government plays a key role in regulating private prisons. Privatized prisons are run under contractual agreements which set out the rules and standards that must be accomplished in order for these prisons to operate within the government. Historically in the modern era, the United Kingdom was the first European country to use private sectors as prisons to hold their inmates. However in United States history, the movement for…

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