Profits Before People: The Effect of Prison Privatization on U.S. Incarceration Rates and Recidivism
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Field of study
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Political Science
American Politics
Profits Before People: The Effect of Prison Privatization on U.S. Incarceration Rates and Recidivism
Vardui Kirakossyan
Field of study
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Political Science
American Politics
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This research looks at the increasing rate of incarceration within the United States. It aims to confirm that the privatization of prisons has played a role in the increasing rate of both incarceration and recidivism because of the profit motive that is created from the prison industrial complex. By focusing on the overall incentives within the private prison industry, including the requirements of private prison and state contracts, political endorsements, and the compensation of private prison executives, we receive more insight into this casual relationship. Several tests have been employed to confirm this relationship. Not all relevant data has been made available to us by the Department of Justice; however, reliance on the methods used in this research along with future research can provide an even more solid prediction.

Copyright License Public Domain Mark 1.0
Type of Publication Dissertation or thesis
Peer Review Status Double blind, Completed
Keywords prison
Audience Scholarly
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