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(Revised from original 2010 version)
The Market for Prisoners: Business, Crime and Punishment in the "American Dream"
In 2010, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest private prison operator in the U.S., was considering expansion options. The company's largest customers, federal and state governments, were under economic pressure to reduce the incarceration rate and lower operating costs, potentially jeopardizing CCA's profits. Should CCA follow its competitor's footsteps and expand overseas? Or could it count on an ever-increasing population of U.S. prisoners to fuel continued growth?
Keywords: For-Profit Firms;
Crime and Corruption;
Growth and Development Strategy;
Demand and Consumers;
Business and Government Relations;
Di Tella, Rafael M., and Laura Winig. The Market for Prisoners: Business, Crime and Punishment in the "American Dream". Harvard Business School Case 710-042, December 2010. (Revised from original March 2010 version.)