Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2017 Claire E. Donnelly
Past work related to the private prison system has focused on direct comparisons between private and public facilities, including their respective quality, cost-effectiveness, and influence on recidivism. Using 2005 United States data compiled from a prison facility census, county census, and information on number of arrests by county, I examine the effect that the presence of private prisons has on the number of adult male arrests per county. Across four regression models, I initially find a significant effect of private prisons on arrests, but find that effect becomes insignificant once county and prison controls are accounted for. This suggests that the presence of a private prison in a particular county does not necessarily lead to a significant increase or decrease of arrests in that area.
Donnelly, Claire, "A Problematic Business Model: The Effect of Private Prisons on Arrests" (2017). CMC Senior Theses. 1649.