Policy Report

Privatization in Criminal Justice


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The various functions of criminal justice administration—policing, corrections, dispute resolution, etc.—have traditionally been the exclusive domain of the state. In recent years, there has been a trend toward private firms providing guard and protective services, building and managing penal institutions, and providing binding arbitration and conciliation services as a substitute for the state-run legal system. In this study, Professor Benson argues that the growth of these private alternatives is largely due to their effectiveness compared to the state-run criminal justice system.

Bruce L. Benson is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, DeVoe Moore Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at Florida State University, and the author of the Institute books, To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice (New York University Press) and The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State.