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Alaska's Citizens Lock Out Private Prisons

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Publication Date: November 2008

Publisher(s): National Institute on Money in State Politics (U.S.)

Author(s): Linda Casey

Topic: Justice (Prisons and correctional facilities and personnel)
Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Keywords: private; prisons

Type: Report

Coverage: Alaska


Since the mid-1990s - through six legislative sessions and three gubernatorial administrations - Alaska's lawmakers have made more than a half dozen attempts to privatize prisons. These attempts have met with unfavorable public opinion. To date, the strength of public opposition has prevailed, and all private prison proposals have been defeated.