Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies

JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE  

This article states:  “At a time when many policymakers are looking at criminal and juvenile justice reforms that would safely shrink the size of our prison population, the existence of private prison companies creates a countervailing interest in preserving the current approach to criminal justice and increasing the use of incarceration.”

…For profit private prison companies primarily use three strategies to influence policy:  lobbying , direct campaign contributions, and building relationships, networks, and associations.”

Perhaps private prison companies are bending the rules or “gaming the system” for their own advantage.  

(http://www.justicepolicy.org/research/2614)

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