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June 15, 2023

New Sentencing Project fact sheet with latest data on "Private Prisons in the United States"

The Sentencing project analyzes the latest data from Bureau of Justice Statistics on private prisons in this new fact sheet.  The full report should be reviewed for all the data, but here are snippets:

Twenty-seven states and the federal government incarcerated 96,370 people in private prisons in 2021, representing 8% of the total state and federal prison population.

Private for-profit prisons incarcerated 96,370 American residents in 2021, representing 8% of the total state and federal prison population. Since 2000, the number of people housed in private prisons has increased 10%....

States show significant variation in the use of private prisons. At one end of the spectrum, Montana incarcerates almost half of its prison population in privately run facilities, but in another 23 states, private prisons are not used at all. A total of 27 states and the federal government use private corporations like GEO Group, Core Civic, LaSalle Corrections, and Management and Training Corporation to run some of their corrections facilities.

Montana is not alone in its heavy reliance on private prisons. Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Tennessee rely considerably on private prisons for housing imprisoned people. In these states, between 21% and 45% of the prison population resides in a for-profit prison...

The proportion of imprisoned people in private facilities compared to public facilities has not changed considerably in the past 20 years. In 2000, 8% of the imprisoned population was also in private facilities; but fluctuations in the total number of people imprisoned over 20 years translated to a 10% rise in the number of people in private prisons. Since 2012, however, the population in private prisons has decreased significantly.

June 15, 2023 at 11:22 AM | Permalink


Another example of "but for video"---https://jonathanturley.org/2023/06/11/god-is-not-the-author-of-confusion-charges-dropped-against-protester-who-read-biblical-passages-at-pride-event/

So absent video, this guy would have been railroaded and had serious life consequences . . . . obviously the un-American jerks in the crowd who cheered a crime being committed wouldn't have been helpful. Doug's view is that not only would he have no right to resist, but that it would have been immoral for him to have done so.

So, in Doug's world, he would have had to suffer this micro-tyranny . . . .

Posted by: federalist | Jun 15, 2023 3:15:26 PM

federalist, I have repeatedly stressed, and been eager to clarify, in multiple comment threads that we have been discussing legal doctrines, not moral views. That you are unable or unwilling to understand that basic reality reinforces my sense that you cannot think or write clearly when you have so many "rule of federalist" feelings about attacking law enforcement (in unclear and undefined settings).

Because you have so many SD feelings that you keep bringing up the topic randomly in comments --- and yet you keep showing that you cannot articulate your feelings here in ways that make them understandable --- I doubt I will bother to keep engaging. But, I will note that you misrepresent (and seemingly misunderstand) what I have said, and will again suggest that you consider trying to write up all your feelings in an article (or a legal brief) so that they might be more intelligible to a law-trained reader.

Posted by: Doug B. | Jun 15, 2023 8:48:41 PM

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