New Study Finds Private Prisons Increase Cost of Incarceration
Date:  09-06-2020

People in private prisons serve longer sentences
From The Crime Report:

Private prisons, which currently hold about 10 percent of the U.S. population behind bars, were originally promoted as a way to reduce operating costs of America’s system of incarceration and save taxpayers money.

In fact, according to a study in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, whatever savings they have achieved have been mostly eclipsed by the fact that private prison inmates typically serve longer sentences.

Just as significantly, private prisons have failed to accomplish another of the original promises of their proponents: reducing recidivism rates through a tougher incarceration regime.

The study found that although incarcerees in private facilities spent 90 days on average more than their peers in public prisons, their recidivism rates were similar. Continue reading >>>