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How long have privates prisons existed?


The private prison industry was resurrected in this country in the early 1980s as part of the push to privatize many government functions, much of it under the mantra that whatever government can do, the private sector can do better and for less cost.

However, private prisons and jails have been around for several centuries. They existed in the American colonies and during the pre-Civil War history of the United States.