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The Cost of Private Prisons

The private prison industry claims that governments can save money by privatizing prisons, but what does the evidence actually indicate? This backgrounder summarizes recent research and state reports related to private prison costs, and then discusses some common, yet dangerously flawed and unsound tactics employed to make private prisons appear cost effective.

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Infrastructure Justice: Building Equity into Infrastructure Financing

Public funding of infrastructure is well known to be the least expensive way to finance major infrastructure projects. But in light of the pressure governments face to aggressively pursue private funds for public infrastructure, we believe it is critical to clarify our goals and principles so that Public-Private Partnerships are truly structured as win-win-win propositions.

Making the Grade? Questions to Ask About School Services Privatization

This guide provides examples of important questions that decision makers should consider when faced with a proposed privatization effort. Advocates, including school service personnel, teachers, parents, and members of the community can use these questions to ensure that decision makers keep students’ and the broader district’s best interest at the heart of these conversations. They should be able to answer each of these questions before making the decision to privatize school services. These questions can be helpful to use during meetings with school administrators, in testimony at school board hearings, and even in meetings with allies to draw attention to problems with a proposed privatization initiative. While this is not a complete or exhaustive guide, it provides a framework for examining and evaluating school services privatization.

PrivatizationWatch

Privatization Watch compiles media reports related to privatization on a daily basis.  It is a rich source of articles on privatization from around the country and in a variety of sectors.

National Institute for Money in State Politics

The National Institute for Money in State Politics compiles campaign contribution information in state-level elections in all 50 states.

Federal Procurement Data System

The Federal Procurement Data System provides a variety of governmental reports related to federal procurement and contracting.

States for a Transparent and Accountable Recovery (STAR)

The STAR coalition's website provides information about the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including how funds are being spent in each state and across sectors.

Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) Information Center

The FFATA Information Center, run by Global Computer Enterprises (GCE), provides access to federal government spending information, including government contracts and grants. The site allows users to create custom tables and charts based on the information.