Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences

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Correctional management and policy decisions throughout the nation have been greatly influenced by the new governance of public administration philosophy, and Indiana provides a practical example of this rapid expansion that has gone largely unnoticed in the criminal justice literature. Using state budget data and contractual artifacts from the Indiana Department of Corrections and Department of Administration, this research details the levels of privatization through contracting and private management in the Indiana system. This analysis suggests specific attention of correctional policy makers to the size of private markets, accountability networks, market expansion of private providers, and equity issues that arise when inmates are used in the production of private goods and/or services.