Prisons of industry: The recent history of American private prisons, 1978-1985.

David. Guimond
The purposes of this thesis is to examine the key factors and events within the immediate political foreground which led to the acceptance of private prisons as a viable policy option on the American correctional agenda in the early to mid-1980s. There has been an evident failure in criminology to provide a proper historical account of the recent origins of private prisons, as the concentration on questions of pragmatism and philosophy left other important issues...
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