Punishment for sale : private prisons, big business, and the incarceration binge

Selman, Donna, 1967-

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  • Creator Donna Selman and Paul Leighton
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication
    • Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [2010]
    • ©2010
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • xii, 204 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 1442201738, 9781442201736, 144220172X, 9786612480614, 9781442201743, 1282480618, 1442201746, 9781442201729
  • OCLC ocn700681010, ocn428731383


  • "Punishment for Sale is the definitive modern history of private prisons, told through social, economic and political frames. The authors explore the origin of the ideas of modern privatization, the establishment of private prisons, and the efforts to keep expanding in the face of problems and bad publicity. The book provides a balanced telling of the story of private prisons and the resistance they engendered within the context of criminology, and it is intended for supplemental use in undergraduate and graduate courses in criminology, social problems, and race & ethnicity."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-193) and index.


  • America's incarceration binge : the expansion of prisons, budgets, and injustice -- The big government "problem" and the Kentucky fried prison "solution" -- The prison-industrial complex : profits, vested interests, and politics -- Confronting problems : blame prisoners and contracts, then get a bailout -- A critical look at the efficiency and overhead costs of private prisons -- Conclusion : back to the future
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