ABSTRACT

Using the Private Sector to Deter Crime   [open pdf - 3MB]

"Since 1965, the share of gross domestic product (GDP) devoted to the U.S. criminal justice system has more than doubled. Yet the amount of crime reported to the police is near an all-time high and the amount of violent crime reported is at an all-time high. Perhaps it is time to consider turning more of the criminal justice burden over to the more efficient, innovative private sector, which already plays an important part in the system. [...] This study analyzes ways to expand the role of the private sector to reduce crime and lessen the burden of criminal justice for taxpayers. The debate over crime has been in a rut for decades, with conservatives emphasizing tough policies and liberals emphasizing soft remedies and improved economic opportunities. Privatizing the criminal justice system on an incremental basis is a win-win solution: the innovation and productivity of private enterprise can reduce crime, reduce taxes and improve the protection of civil liberties."

Report Number:
NCPA Policy Report No. 181
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1994-03
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