Corporations Go to Prisons: The Expansion of Corporate Power in the Correctional Industry

  title={Corporations Go to Prisons: The Expansion of Corporate Power in the Correctional Industry},
  author={Tracy F. H. Chang and Douglas Ewing Thompkins},
  journal={Labor Studies Journal},
  pages={45 - 69}
Over the last two decades, the U.S. prison population has qua drupled, with some 1.9 million people behind bars in federal and state prisons, and local jails by the year 2000. Corporations are seeking profit-making opportunities from this prison population. In this paper, we examine two major areas through which corpora tions are capitalizing on prison labor: prison privatization and prison industry. We briefly review key explanations of incarceration, re port on the current state of prison… 
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