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Wrong Track for Savings: How Florida’s prison population became a runaway train, and why better policies, not private prisons, can put the brakes on correctional costs

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In Category : Criminal Justice Reform

Florida policymakers have introduced legislation that would privatize a number of prisons; the reason given is a need to control correctional costs. Policies introduced in the 1980’s and 1990’s are responsible for the rapid growth in prison populations and costs. Reforming these policies will result in the significant savings lawmakers seek, while maintaining public safety, improving outcomes for people and communities, and avoiding the problems known to accompany private prisons.



Other Resources

Gaming the System, JPI’s report on private prisons
ACLU Press Statement

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