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Pros and Cons of private sector prisons1Joseph CowanAC1903336J05V CorrectionsAssignment 8, Lesson 8August 12, 2019Pros and Cons of private sector prisonsPrivate sector prisons offer a variety of reasons as to why they are positive, but they alsohave their downsides. There are five major controversies regarding private sector prisons: staffcruelty, neglect, undue punishment, untrained and inferior staff, as well as high staff turnover.Another relevant topic is the concept of “slaves of the master” and how it came to be; as well asthe concept of co-gender custody facilities. Lastly, identifying the means that illiteracy amongstinmate population can be reduced, and the benefits of increased literacy.According to Allen(2016), private-sector correctional facilities are “any private prison,for-profit prison, detention center, jail, or juvenile institution is a facility in which juveniles oradults are physically restricted, housed, or interned by a nongovernmental organization that iscontracted by a public-sector government agency” (p.280).In the past thirty years, private-sectorprison use has increased to house and manage juveniles and felons. The use of private-sectorprisons has been accused of unfair punishment of inmates, poorly trained staff, staff neglect andcruelty, as well as a high rate of staff turnover. Typically private-sector correctional facilitiesoffer low pay and poor benefit packages, mixed with poor training. This is known as “fire one,hire another, which was previously seen in the years following the Civil War. During this timeafter the Civil War, chain gangs composed of indentured servants (or indentured slaves) werehired out. If one of them died, the general response would be “One Dies? Hire another”(Allen,

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