The resurgence of private prisons during the 1980s has caused a lot of debate. If a private firm can run a prison more efficiently than the government, the government should allow privatization. Factors such as cost, quality of service, competition and liability must be examined in order to determine whether a private prison is more efficient than a public prison.
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"The Private Prison Debate: A Look into the Efficiency of Private Prisons vs. Public Prisons,"
Major Themes in Economics: Vol. 4
, Article 7.
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