How do these people get away with citing and writing op-eds promoting the conclusions of their research when it hasn't been peer reviewed or published?
Remove the exception from the 13th Amendment, and we'll see how long for-profit prisons will hold up. It would be unconstitutional in America and internationally illegal under United Nations Regulations on Human Rights. Somebody need to ask Britain, Germany, Sweden, and Israel if for-profit prisons saved them money. that's how for-profit prisons came to America anyway, when these nations kicked them out of their systems. just like the slave powers in antebellum America, the neo-Confederacy of the NRA, ALEC, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons will say anything and do anything to keep their commerce of inhumanity going. it is the greatest, largest, and most important material interest of their world. Join the movement at www.thepetitionsite.com to petition Congress and President Obama to remove the exception from the 13th Amendment to abolish 21st Century slavery now! Sign up and get involved!!!!
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It is always a pleasure to listen to the voice of experience.
There are certain pre-requisites in writing research papers and more often than admitted they all start with a pre-determined outcome or impact statement. Whether it is an association of county prosecutors bragging about how their actions have reduced crime by their aggressive prosecution of cases or private prisons bragging about how they have reduced costs of incarceration and housing prisoners, the MO is the same - corruptive and misleading. There must be room for individual intelligence to exist to determine the truth or the manipulation of such studies however most people are gullible and believe what the media prints no realizing they haven't vetted their sources most of the time.
These two "researchers" have long been completely wrong about this particular industry and privatization in general.
They predicted in the '90s that privatization of prisons would result in many operators joining the industry and that a consequence would be a reduction in price and savings to taxpayers, thanks to supposed competition, and a improvement in performance.
If fact, industry consolidation has caused perhaps 90% of the for-profit beds in current use to be operator by just three providers: Corrections Corporation of America, GEO Group and Management and Training Corporation.
Hakim and Blackstone have avoided quantifying the actual costs of privatization by ignoring accepted scientific method, most particularly by cherry picking their way through a minefield of actual facts, such as the exponentially higher rate of escapes and riots in the for-profit sector, the consequences of which fall directly on the shoulders of taxpayers.
For instance, a recent capital murder trial of an escapee from MTC's Golden Valley prison near Kingman, Arizona, has likely resulted in accumulated costs (which the Department of Justice has stonewalled from revealing) of over five million dollars for the nationwide crime spree, search, apprehension and trials of the ringleader and his associates. A race riot in MTC's Eagle Mountain prison in California resulted in life terms for eight prisoners who were within days or months of release, for the murders of two African-American inmates during a riot.
Instead of publishing their "results" in a peer-reviewed journal, the two "researchers" rushed to forward their "study" to states which their main financial backer, CCA,, had specifically targeted for expansion, including Oklahoma, Maine and Florida.
They have debased the academic integrity and prestige of their university by engaging in this propaganda. It will be a shame if the institution does not take appropriate action against them, no matter how much tainted money their sales pitches brought into the university's coffers.
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