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.


















private prison research

The following studies, research papers and policy briefs include findings of benefits and positive outcomes from privatizing correctional services, and provide a solid foundation for research in this area. If you are aware of additional research that should be included in our library, please email us:


  • Research Studies

  • "Cost Analysis of Public and Contractor Operated Prisons," by Simon Hakim and Erwin Blackstone, Temple University, April 2013.