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Analysis: States look to save with lockdowns, private prisons

ECONOMY-CALIFORNIA/BUDGET“Release is not the only option there in California. There is capacity elsewhere,” said James F. Blumstein, director of the Health Policy Center at Vanderbilt University, who has researched private prisons.

They may also get an additional boost if California’s leaders lower prison spending from the level proposed by Governor Jerry Brown in his state budget plan.

“If I’m a public manager looking to build a prison why should I use scarce public capital resources when I can have a five-year contract with a private company?” Blumstein said.

Your analysis quotes James F. Blumstein, director of the Health Policy Center at Vanderbilt University,” who has researched private prisons.”

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