Regional Business and Economics Newspaper

January 2002

Wanted criminals

For two decades, prisons have been a growth strategy for small towns. Does the strategy work? And will it in the future?

Previous Issues


  • Big house on the prairie
    Despite protests by some, small town leaders have sought out prisons as economic saviors. Both the critics' deepest fears and the boosters' highest hopes are likely to go unfulfilled.
  • Private vs. public: the prison debate
    Can private prisons save tax dollars? The evidence is inconclusive.
  • Busted?
    The boom in prison growth is slowing as crime rates decline, budgets tighten and policymakers consider alternatives.

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