Privatizing Prisons?


The federal government is considering whether to locate a for-profit prison in Mulberry just east of Tampa. Ken Kopczynski of the Florida Police Benevolent Association and film maker Ashley Hunt (CORRECTIONS) described the impact for-profit prisons have on communities, local economic development and prisoners. They also discussed cases of conflict of interest in which academic supporters of privatization received compensation from the for-profit prison industry and cases where corrections industry lobbyists worked to expand the ways people can be imprisoned.

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