A quality assessment of Arizona’s private prisons
Arizona has enthusiastically embraced prison privatization, with 13 percent of the state prison population housed in private facilities (the 11th highest percentage in the nation). Motivated by a belief that private enterprise could build and manage prisons safely and at lower cost than the state, the legislature has mandated construction of thousands of private prison beds. Little was done over the years to test actual performance of private prisons or to determine their cost effectiveness.
The complete report is 105 pages.