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Punishment for Sale: Resources to accompany the book

[publisher: Rowman and Littlefield ~ Amazon ~ more info from PaulsJusiceBlog]

Private Corrections Institute

Corrections Corporation Of America: A Critical Look At Its First Twenty Years (Soros/US Justice Fund)

CORPWATCH: Prison Industry - good collection of articles and links. 

Prison Privatization Report International - excellent newsletter with international coverage + extensive archive

Corporate-Sponsored Crime Laws

Prisons, Privatization and Public Values (2002) Student paper at Cornell that provides overview of privatization.

Shelden Says.com: website of criminologist Randall Shelden (UNLV) contains many essays on prisons, privatization and the drug war.

From The Nation:

The Wisconsin Legislature's report on CCA found problems with gangs, drugs, sanitation, food service, medical issues, inmate mistreatment, prisoner/staff fraternization, etc & etc. 

Western Prison Project: series of publications and fact sheets on prison, including America's Internal Colonies

PRISONS FOR PROFIT: Jail Business Shows Its Weaknesses. New York Times, November 24, 1995, p A1.

Private Prison Research Site. Good resources and a mix of pro and con information from Dr Logan at the University of Connecticut. 

Private Prisons Information Kit from People's Justice Alliance Melbourne, Australia (fighting the privatisation of prisons, the imprisonment of women and speaking out about what happens in prisons) 

AFSCME: Union page has an excellent list of resources on privatized corrections - great overview of state legislation about private prisons. Check out 'Don't be a prisoner to empty promises' and the prison privatization update

Emerging Issues on Privatized Prisons (National Institute of Justice Report TEXT PDF): Rather than the projected 20-percent savings, the average saving from privatization was only about 1 percent, and most of that was achieved through lower labor costs. This 72 page report details the history, directions and both sides of privatization argument. 

Tennessean.com: Operates out of Nashville, which is also the headquarters for CCA. Use the keyword search on the Tennessean's business news archives for CCA, Prison Realty Trust, private prisons, etc. Stock Ticker: CXW

Prison Industrial Complex (NYU JOurnalism School Blog)

Jail Breaks: Economic Development Subsidies Given to Private Prisons

The Private-Prison Industry and Political Giving in the South - an analysis of $1.1 million in political campaign contributions given in southern states during the 2000 elections

Report of Dept of Justice about problems with the Corrections Corporation of America's facility in Youngstown Ohio.  [Some additional related documents]

The Clinton Administration: Progressives for For-Profit Prisons

News clips and anti-privatization info from someone in the field, and the Association of Corrections Officers Against Privatization (focused on New York, but many general resources). There's also an anti-privatization guard in New Jersey with many thoughts on the topic, though quite a few dead links. 

Corrections Corporation Of America: A Critical Look At Its First Twenty Years

Corporate-Sponsored Crime Laws ~ Private Corrections Institute

The Private-Prison Industry and Political Giving in the South - an analysis of $1.1 million in political campaign contributions given in southern states during the 2000 elections

Corrections: documentary video about the story of justice turned to profit (click on the activism links)

Jail Breaks: Economic Development Subsidies Given to Private Prisons

The Covert Action Quarterly report on private prisons (from 1993): Private Prisons: Profits of Crime. [Private prisons are a symptom, a response by private capital to the "opportunities" created by society's temper tantrum approach to the problem of criminality.]

Prison Economics: Rural communities vie for the jobs that prisons bring while a number of states are turning to private contractors to manage prisons. What are the economic interests that drive America's corrections industry? Streaming Audio program from Odyssey (Chicago Public Radio)

Private Prison Administration Page, State of Oklahoma: This division was created to monitor contract prison facilities both in and out of state. [In depth resources for one state, includes contracts, audits and other numerous documents]

The Prison-Industrial Complex and the Global Economy (from prisonactivist.org: Prison Activist Resource Center)

What Every American Should Know About the Criminal Justice System

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