The Sentencing Project* recently published a new report on private prisons titled, Too Good to be True: Private Prisons in America authored by Cody Mason. The publication details the history of private prisons in America and documents the increase in their use. The major findings include:
- Texas prisoners in private facilities grew by 55% from 1999 thru 2010.
- From 1999 to 2010 the use of private prisons increased by 40% at the state level and by 784% in the federal system.
- In 2010 seven states housed more than 25% of their prison population in private facilities.
- Savings associated with investing in private prisons appear dubious.
Mason provides an overview of recent studies on prison privatization and charts state-by-state changes in private prison populations as well as changes at the federal level. Worth a look when you get the chance.