Private Prisons: Cons and Pros by Charles H. Logan

Private Prisons: Cons and Pros

byCharles H. Logan

Hardcover | July 26, 1990

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American prisons and jails are overflowing with inmates. To relieve the pressure, courts have imposed fines on overcrowded facilities and fiscally strapped governments have been forced to release numerous prisoners prematurely. In this study, noted criminologist Charles Logan makes the casefor commercial operation of prisons and jails as an alternative to the government's monopoly. On philosophical, economic, legal, and practical grounds, Logan argues a compelling case for the private and commercial operation of prisons. He critically examines all objections raised by opponents, andconcludes that while private prisons face many potential problems, they do so primarily because they are prisons, not because they are private. Historically, the record of private ownership and operation of corrections facilities has been bleak--ridden with political corruption, physical abuse ofprisoners, and the single-minded pursuit of profits. This study demonstrates that this need not be the case. Critiquing the tendency to contrast private prisons with a hypothetical ideal, Logan instead compares them with existing public institutions, arguing that the potential problems attributed toprivate prisons are experienced by their public counterparts. The work examines ten sets of issues, including the propriety, cost, security, and quantity of prisons, to set out a strong case for the viability of proprietary prisons.

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Charles H. Logan is at University of Connecticut, Storrs.
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Title:Private Prisons: Cons and ProsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 8.54 × 5.71 × 1.18 inPublished:July 26, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"This is a thoroughly researched book set in a cogently--and sometimes eloquently--argued framework....Given the size and diversity of the United States, what Logan has done at an empirical level is impressive. He offers us the best-researched account so far of the American private prisonbusiness."--British Journal of Criminology