Public vs. Private Prison Violence: An Empirical Study of Inmate-on-staff Assaults Public Deposited

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  • Studies on prison violence have typically focused attention at individual level inmate-on-inmate assaults, however, there has been limited research into the rates of inmate-on-staff violence at the facility level. There also appears to be a need for further scholarship relating to the differences in various prison level predictors of inmate violence when comparing public versus privately operated facilities. Since the early 1980’s the U.S. has witnessed increasing prison privatization as a response to the explosion of inmate populations in public facilities. Previous multivariate comparisons between private and public prisons suggest that state and federal facilities experience significantly fewer inmate assaults on staff members proportionally. This essay will contribute to the literature by examining the effects of several independent variables on inmate inflicted assaults in public and private prisons, and by looking at the disputed impact of privatization on prison safety. This study uses negative binomial regression analysis to examine the most currently available comprehensive facility level data from all adult inmates housed in state, federal, or private prisons in the United States provided by the Bureau of Justice Statistics from 2000 and 2005. Despite using more sophisticated methods, and improved models, than previous studies have employed the results produced in this study remain ambiguous.
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