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Public Correctional Policy on:
Capital PunishmentClassificationCommunity CorrectionsConditions of Confinement Correctional Industry
Female Offender ServicesHigher EducationManagement of Legal Issues and LitigationUse of Force
Policy on ProbationPrivate Sector Involvement in CorrectionsPurpose of CorrectionSentencing Policy
Religious Faith and PracticePolicy on ProbationCorrectional Staff Recruitment and Development
Correctional Standards and AccreditationAppropriate Sanctions and Controls

Private Sector Involvement in Corrections


Although most correctional programs are operated by public agencies, there is increasing interest in the use of profit and nonprofit organizations as providers of services, facilities, and programs. Profit and nonprofit organizations have resources for the delivery of services that often are unavailable from the public correctional agency.

Policy Statement:

Government has the ultimate authority and responsibility for corrections. For its most effective operation, corrections should use all appropriate resources, both public and private. When government considers the use of profit and nonprofit private sector correctional services, such programs must meet professional standards, provide necessary public safety, provide services equal to or better than government, and be cost-effective compared to well managed governmental operation. While government
retains the ultimate responsibility, authority, and accountability for actions of private agencies and individuals under contract, it is consistent with good correctional policy and practice to:
A. Use in an advisory and voluntary role the expertise and resources available from profit and nonprofit organizations in the development and implementation of correctional programs and policies;

B. Enhance service delivery systems by considering the concept of contracting with the private sector when justified in terms of cost, quality and ability to meet program objectives;

C. Consider use of profit and nonprofit organizations to develop, fund, build, operate, and/or provide services, programs, and facilities when such an approach is cost-effective, safe, and consistent with the public interest and sound correctional practice;

D. Ensure the appropriate level of service delivery and compliance with recognized standards through professional contract preparation and vendor selection as well as effective evaluation and monitoring by the responsible government agency; and

E. Indicate clearly in any contract for services, facilities, or programs the responsibilities and obligations of both government and contractor, including but not limited to liability of all parties, performance bonding, and contractual termination.

Last Updated: 02/03/2010 10:35 PM
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