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The effectiveness of juvenile correctional facilities: Public versus private management

dc.contributor.author Bayer, P
dc.contributor.author Pozen, DE
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-28T18:57:54Z
dc.date.issued 2005-10-01
dc.identifier.issn 0022-2186
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/2575
dc.description.abstract This paper uses data on juvenile offenders released from correctional facilities in Florida to explore the effects of facility management type (private for-profit, private nonprofit, public state-operated, and public county-operated) on recidivism outcomes and costs. The data provide detailed information on individual characteristics, criminal and correctional histories, judge-assigned restrictiveness levels, and home zip codes -allowing us to control for the nonrandom assignment of individuals to facilities far better than any previous study. Relative to all other management types, for-profit management leads to a statistically significant increase in recidivism, but relative to nonprofit and state-operated facilities, for-profit facilities operate at a lower cost to the government per comparable individual released. Cost-benefit analysis implies that the short-run savings offered by for-profit over nonprofit management are negated in the long run due to increased recidivism rates, even if one measures the benefits of reducing criminal activity as only the avoided costs of additional confinement. © 2005 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Chicago Press
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Law and Economics
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1086/497526
dc.title The effectiveness of juvenile correctional facilities: Public versus private management
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Bayer, P|0407560
pubs.begin-page 549
pubs.end-page 589
pubs.issue 2
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Duke Population Research Center
pubs.organisational-group Duke Population Research Institute
pubs.organisational-group Economics
pubs.organisational-group Sanford School of Public Policy
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 48


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