Strange bedfellows? Reaffirming rehabilitation and prison privatization

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Private prisons are here to stay irrespective of empirical findings for or against their existence in the corrections industry. It is necessary, therefore, to step back and consider them on a broader level to assess how they can benefit current penological practice. It will be argued that prison privatization creates an opportunity to reassess the dominant correctional philosophy in America. In particular, the contractual structure of private prisons allows for "what works" in corrections to be built into performance evaluations. The implications of this assertion for private prisons as well as the current status of the rehabilitative ideal will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-90
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Offender Rehabilitation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Principles of effective intervention
  • Prison contracting
  • Private prisons
  • Privatization
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Law


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