Corporations are using dubious research to take over prisons
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Since the mid-1980s, private companies have contracted with states and branches of the federal government to assume certain prison operations. The argument behind these contracts has been that private companies which are not beholden to things like pension arrangements with correctional officers unions can cut prison spending in ways that governments can not.
For the most part, this argument was theoretical an idea never definitively proven by any significant academic studies (though some have tried to do so). But then, in April 2013, came a study out of Temple University in Philadelphia. This study found that private prison companies could help governments cut costs from between 12.46 percent and 58.61 percent. It looked like a…