- 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.
The boom in prison growth is slowing as crime rates decline, budgets tighten and policymakers consider alternatives.
Ninth District Features