Banking on Rehab: Private Prison Vendors and the Reconfiguration of Mass Incarceration

After Imprisonment

ISBN: 978-1-78769-270-1, eISBN: 978-1-78769-269-5

ISSN: 1059-4337

Publication date: 6 November 2018


In this study, I explore what happens “after incarceration” from the perspective of private prison vendors. Using the experience of women prisoners in California in the aftermath of Brown vs Plata (2011) and Realignment, I trace the rise and growing popularity of carceral rehabilitation programs. Although rehabilitation was once considered an antidote to mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex, it now fuels the growth of private prison companies and provides a stable source of profitability. This analysis suggests the reconfiguration of mass incarceration in the US rather than its dissolution.



McCorkel, J. (2018), "Banking on Rehab: Private Prison Vendors and the Reconfiguration of Mass Incarceration", After Imprisonment (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 77), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 49-67.

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