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Economic Impacts of Prison Growth
Suznne M. Kirchoff
The U.S. corrections system has gone through an unprecedented expansion during the last few decades, with a more than 400% jump in the prison population and a corresponding boom in prison construction. At the end of 2008, 2.3 million adults were in state, local, or federal custody, with another 5.1 million on probation or parole. Of that total, 9% were in federal custody. Globally, the U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of its prisoners. Contents of this report: (I) Corrections a Rising Concern: Corrections Sector; (II) U.S. Corrections System; (III) Prisoner Boom: Incarceration Trends; (IV) Prison Employment: Unions; (V) Prison Construction; Rural Prisons; Cost and Overcrowding; Financing; (VI) Private Sector: Private Prison Companies; The Private Prison Industry: Corrections Corporation of America; Geo Group; Cornell Companies; Other Private Firms; Phone Service; (VII) Economic Impact: Prisons as Drivers of Economic Development; (VIII) Challenges for Policymakers. Figures and tables.
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