Monday, November 13, 2017 at 11:40am to 1:10pm
Ives Hall, 115 Ives Hall
B07 Tower Rd, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Impacts of Private Prison Contracting on Inmate Time Served and Recidivism
This paper examines the impact of private prison contracting by exploiting staggered prison capacity shocks in Mississippi between 1996 and 2004. The analysis shows that private prison inmates serve up to 90 additional days, which equals 7 percent of the average time served. The delayed release is linked to the widespread use of conduct violations in private prisons. Despite the additional days served, there is no evidence that private prison inmates recidivate less. These results are motivated by a theoretical model based on the typical private prison contract that pays a per-diem for each occupied bed.