Selective Celling: Inmate Population in Ohio’s Private Prisons
May 9, 2001
In this May 2001 study, Amy Hanauer and Michael Hallett find that Ohio’s experiment with prison privatization is failing. Among the major findings of the report is that easy-to-manage inmates with dramatically fewer medical, disciplinary, and mental health needs have been targeted to private prisons in the state, allowing them to artificially cut costs. Selective Celling also details the troubled history of private prisons in Ohio, cataloging escapes, injuries, murders, inadequate medical treatment, security lapses, cost overruns, high levels of staff turnover, and contract violations.