The Business Ethics of Incarceration: The Moral Implications of Treating Prisons Like Businesses

Reason Papers, Vol. 31, pp. 125-147, Fall 2009

24 Pages Posted: 27 May 2010

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Daniel Joseph D'Amico

Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt S.J. College of Business - Economics Department

Date Written: October 27, 2009

Abstract

This paper offer's a comment on the current moral component of the modern private-prison debate. While several theorists have concluded that public prisons are morally preferable to contracted-out prisons because of the unsavory tendencies for private firms to “profit off of other people's misery,” I contend that the latter may be true but the former does not necessarily follow therefrom.

Keywords: Prisons, Privatization, Profit, Ethics

Suggested Citation

D'Amico, Daniel Joseph, The Business Ethics of Incarceration: The Moral Implications of Treating Prisons Like Businesses (October 27, 2009). Reason Papers, Vol. 31, pp. 125-147, Fall 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1616715

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