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The Treatment Industrial Complex: Identifying and Challenging the Threat to Criminal Justice Reform
June 27, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am EDT
The “Treatment Industrial Complex (TIC)” is the movement of for-profit prison companies like CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) and GEO Group into sectors that were traditionally more oriented toward treatment and rehabilitation, such as diversion, re-entry programs, and “alternatives to incarceration” like electronic monitoring.
The profitization of community corrections poses a serious threat to the movement to end mass incarceration, and the work to shrink the size and scope of the criminal justice system. Due to their extensive economic and political influence, for-profit prison corporations can exploit reform efforts for their own financial gain and out-compete smaller, community-based service providers for contracts. In addition, their extensive lobbying and campaign contributions are being leveraged to influence the direction of sentencing reform efforts and other policy decisions at the state and federal levels. While the best practices in community corrections emphasize tailoring interventions to provide the lowest level of security or surveillance necessary for the shortest period of time, the incentive for private prison companies is to “widen the net” of people under ever-increasing levels of control.
Join Caroline Isaacs and Emily Verdugo of the American Friends Service Committee Arizona’s Criminal Justice program for a briefing on the research they have conducted on the “Treatment Industrial Complex,” strategies for challenging the TIC, and opportunities for collaboration.
Tuesday, June 27th
Public Welfare Foundation, Marsh Conference Room
1200 U Street, NW Washington, DC
11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.