Private Prisons: Pros & Cons


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Who is in charge of operating a private prison?

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1. The first private prisons in the U.S. opened in 1984 due to _____ in state and federal prisons.

2. The Department of Homeland Security holds the majority of its detainees in private prisons, who have violated what type of laws?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There is a private equivalent for almost every service that is offered by the government, and prisons are no exception. The quiz contains questions about the benefits and history of private prisons along with details about how these institutions are managed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz asks you to:

  • Name the type of laws that many Department of Homeland Security (DHS) private prison detainees have violated
  • Explain why private prisons opened in the first place
  • Point out a major benefit to private prisons

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the entity that is responsible for operating a private prison
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about disadvantages of private prisons and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to point out the kind of laws that most of the DHS's private prison detainees have violated

Additional Learning

To find out more about this topic, read the lesson named Private Prisons: Pros & Cons. This lesson discusses:

  • The number of detainees in private prisons across the United States
  • Where most private prison detainees are being held
  • Population control in private prisons