Privately owned prisons began to emerge in the mid-1980s. These prisons emerged because of the ideological imperatives of the free market, the huge increase in the number of prisoners, and the substantial increase in imprisonment costs. (1) Proponents of privatized prisons put forward a simple case: The private sector can do it cheaper and more efficiently. Corporations such as Correction Corporation of America and Wackenhut promised design and management innovations without reducing costs or sacrificing quality of service. (1) Many interest groups comprised of correctional officers, labor works, and a few citizen groups strongly oppose the privatization of the prison system. I will identify four of these groups that oppose private prisons, describe what each has sought to accomplish, and how they have gone about it and to what extent they have been successful. The AFSCME Corrections United (or ACU) is an affiliate of the labor group known as The American Federation of State, City, and Municipal Employees. This group is composed of 60,000 correction officers and 20,000 correction employees. They've joined forces in a labor union to fight for better pay and benefits, for safe work places, and to uphold the standard of professionalism in their field. (2) AFSCME Corrections United claims that private prisons threaten public and worker safety and rip off taxpayers. They have launched a nationwide campaign to urge legislators to keep prisons in public hands and to educate the public on the dangers of private prisons. This group has used such methods as conducting media campaigns, letter writing campaigns, trying to pass legislation, lobbying government officials, and engaging in appropriate legal action to stop prison privatization. Members of the Advisory Committee addressed reporters at a May 6, 1998 press conference to kick off the nationwide campaign against the privatization of prisons. At the press conference, ACU released a report that was conducted by ACU
Running head: PRISON PRIVATIZATION 1
An Assessment of
August 12, 2012
PRISON PRIVATIZATION 2
Over-crowding in our federal, state, and local prisons, along with a depressed economy, has resulted in a trend toward privatization of these facilities. This paper examines the core issues surrounding private prisons in the areas of cost-effectiveness, recidivism….
The concept of the prison has existed for more than two thousand years. It probably goes back as far in time as practice of cannibalism, where victims had to wait for their turn in contributing to the chief course in the menu of their captors. Examples of prisons can even be found in the Old Testament when Joseph was incarcerated in Egypt. It was not until the 19th century that a clear shift occurred from corporal punishment to imprisonment. As societies prospered and the industrial revolution began….
The use of private prisons are worth more than 70 billion dollars. The idea of private prisons came across in the United States in the early 1980’s. Although many people want to ban private prisons the United States should keep private prisons because of money, treatment, and economy.
To begin, the use of private prisons save the state money, Private prisons allow the state to save money, Public prison endorse money from the state, on the other hand private institutions do not. “Ira P. Robbins….
Privatization of Prisons
As state budgets throughout America become tighter because of rising costs, many are looking at private prisons as a way to reduce the cost in detaining inmates. Just like everything else in America there has to be a debate about it. There are those that are for the privatization of prisons and those that are against it. James A. Fagin introduced this topic in his text book CJ2013; he discussed the major selling point of private prisons, and the problems that states are….
privatization often argue from a ‘public choice’ theoretical perspective… holding that private entities can provide correctional services at a lower cost than governmental agencies. At best, however, the empirical evidence for this claim- - the efficiency hypothesis- - remains inconclusive”. The practice of privatization has received its share of criticism. There is concern being expressed over the possibility that prison conditions may deteriorate as a result of an effort to save money. “Coercive confinement….
Oct. 18, 2001 Thesis Private prisons can be a profitable and secure alternative to government run Statement prisons. Private prisons are able to be profitable by controlling the administrational cost of operating the facilities. At the same time, they must adhere to high governmental standards to maintain the right to operate.
Background As a nation, we have many issues that we must face. One of those issues is the administration of the, already overcrowded, prison system. This issue is one of the….
this assessment, the audience will be going through the collective impact that Interest groups and lobbyists have in today's lawmaking. If, and how the government should apply tougher restrictions, limitations and oversight on interest groups, who have access to greater funds, in an ability to allow all of our voices to count equally and account for the same amount of influence.
The most basic definition of an interest group is the collection of individuals organized to influence public policy, primarily….
INTEREST GROUPS ESSAY
In the instability of the macro-economic situation today, many are closed on the nose sticks "interest groups". Communications networks around the world often tend to "society" and "the poor" should lash their goals to their interest groups that are representative of the rich elite, the power is easy to understand story. The European and American society as well. When gasoline prices rise slightly, the profits of companies like Exxon, Chevron ... is brought….
An interest group is a group that seeks a collective good, the achievement of
which will not selectively and materially benefit the membership or activists of the
organization. These organizations try to achieve at least some of their goals with
government assistance. The difference between interest groups and political parties is that
political parties seek to constitute the government, whereas interest groups try only to
influence it. Some of the things that interests groups….
Interest Groups: 15.3.2013
Globalization occurring at rapid speeds is having vast affects on the Canadian political system. The strong emergence and growing influence of interest groups, gained through institutionalization and immense monetary funding have proven to become a direct threat to political parties in the modern age. This essay will primarily discuss, “Pressure Groups: Talking Chameleons”….