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August 20, 2013

"International Trends in Prison Privatization"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new research paper from The Sentencing Project.  Here is how the report was summarized in an e-mail I received today:

[Just released is] a new report of The Sentencing Project that analyzes the growth of private prisons internationally.  In International Growth Trends in Prison Privatization, by Cody Mason, we find that at least 11 nations on five continents have followed the lead of the United States in contracting with profit-making entities to operate prisons.

Key findings of the report include:

•  International use of private prisons is predominantly found in English-speaking countries, including Australia, Scotland, England and Wales, New Zealand, and South Africa.

•  While the United States maintains the highest number of individuals held in private prisons, other nations incarcerate a higher proportion of prisoners privately. Leading nations in this regard are Australia (19%), Scotland (17%), and England and Wales (14%).

•  Reports from a number of countries indicate that private prisons have experienced problems relating to violence, drug use, and inefficiency in operations.

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notice the interesting fact that only English speaking countries are listed. What happened in the 85% of the world that does not use English?

Posted by: rodsmith | Aug 21, 2013 9:28:39 PM

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