Changing the Guard: Private Prisons and the Control of Crime

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When prison privatisation began in the United States in the early 1980s, many policy analysts claimed that the result would be higher costs, declining quality, and an erosion of state authority. Bringing together five of the leading researchers of prison privatisation and criminology, this authoritative survey addresses the economic as well as the social implications of prison reform. Economist Ken Avio begins with an analysis of the broader issues surrounding the private-prison debate, such as punishment and recidivism, and crime deterrence. Charles Thomas, the world's leading authority on private prisons, provides the empirical context for understanding the debate, examining their historical origins, present status, and future prospects. Samuel Jan Brakel and Kimberly Ingersoll Gaylord examine the costs and quality of private prisons, and Bruce Benson argues that prison privatisation be instituted in concert with certain aspects of the criminal justice system.

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Alexander Tabarrok, research director of the Independent Institute, edited The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society, and Entrepreneurial Economics. Charles H. Logan is the author of Private Prisons: Cons and Pros.

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"Changing the Guard is first-rate analysis of a moribund industry. Real experts point toward a crucial reform." -- Morgan O. Reynolds, former Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Labor

"Changing the Guard is the authoritative and definitive book on prison privatization. It brilliantly examines the full range of issues." -- E.S. Savas, professor, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York

"If you want to understand private prisons . . . you need the information and analysis in this book." -- Adrian T. Moore, executive director, Reason Public Policy Institute

"So much written about private prisons is tendentious and ideological, in contrast to the carefully researched contributions here." -- Charles H. Logan, professor of sociology, University of Connecticut (from the foreword)

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