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Vermont Law Review Symposium to Explore Prison Privatization

March 15, 2012

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. -- The Vermont Law Review will host a symposium on prison privatization from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at the Chase Community Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Image of prisonMost U.S. prisons are operated by the federal, state and local governments, but since the 1980s a growing number of correctional facilities are being run by private companies contracted by governmental agencies in an effort to reduce costs.

Seven percent of the nation's 1.5 million prisoners-the largest inmate population in the world-are held in dozens of privately run prisons across the country, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The symposium, titled "Prison Privatization: Optimizing Our Use of a Privatized Resource," will explore costs, quality, security, management and other issues involved in privately operated prisons.

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School
Office: 802.831.1106, cell: 540.798.7099, home: 802.649.2235,

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