Correctional Privatization and the Justice Model: the Collision of Justice and Utility
AbstractDuring the period extending from the early nineteen-seventies to the present, two major developments in corrections have occurred. The justice model has generally replaced the medical model as a basis for the sentencing of criminals, and the private sector has become increasingly involved in the execution of correctional responsibilities. Both developments reflect interest in solving problems that traditional correctional practices has unsuccessfully addressed. Although it is evident that both movements possess the potential to resolve some of these difficulties, there are reasons to be concerned about their simultaneous emergence and co-existence. The assumptions and goals of the respective movements may bring them into conflict in ways that may ultimately diminish their capacity to solve the problems that were the impetus for their ascendancy.