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Private Corrections               Research Council
1090 Vermont Avenue, NW - Suite 910
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202-630-3802


Did You Know?

The private prison industry provides a valuable service to government agencies by allowing prison and jail systems to safely and efficiently incarcerate offenders in privately-run facilities. When public prisons or jails lack capacity, private prison firms can provide necessary bed space.
Around half of all immigration detainees are held in privately-operated facilities, which assists the federal government in fulfilling its obligation to enforce national immigration policies.


Private prisons are held accountable to the public through government contracting agencies, which require monitoring, audits and other oversight over privately-operated prisons.


Privatized correctional services include prison management, medical care, mental health care, food services, transportation services, halfway house operations, substance abuse programs and a host of other services, often at substantial savings.