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Prison Privatization: A Meta-Analysis of Cost Effectiveness and Quality of Confinement Indicators

Study Dates: 2007 Study Description: Independent analysis of effectiveness research regarding privatizing prisons. Study found mixed results on comparisons of public and private facilities. The data we reviewed do not support a move toward privatization. Similarly, the data do not clearly discourage privatization despite a slight advantage for publicly managed prisons in skills training.

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Last Updated: 4/14/21