Government Contracting

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Myth: Contract service providers insist on a contractual minimum occupancy guarantee, which creates a perverse incentive for governments to put more people in prison or detention in order to meet the guaranteed bed quota.

Fact: The Government, through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, decides the number of beds for a given contract.  Contract service providers respond to the RFP, and are compensated according to the terms of the contract.

Myth: Contract correctional service providers unfairly profit from people’s misery in being incarcerated.

Fact: Only the courts, who carry out state and federal laws, decide who will be incarcerated. Contract correctional service providers have deliberately stayed out of the public debate regarding offender sentencing and potential reforms.

Myth: Contract correctional service providers cut corners to enhance their bottom line by employing less staff, paying lower wages, and providing less training than government-operated facilities.

Fact: Contracts governing privately operated facilities include minimum staffing requirements that must be strictly followed by the contract service providers who are subject to strict oversight and financial penalties for failure to comply.