Prison Privatization: Who Really Wins?

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The concept of prison privatization has been around for several centuries as governments have tried lowering the costs of operating prisons by outsourcing to private companies — typically as a cry to control overcrowding and costs. Even as early as the 1850s, San Quentin in California underwent a period where it was under the control of a private entity that had persuaded the government to allow them to operate the prison…



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