Jailing for Dollars: The Moral Costs of Privatizing Justice

April 23, 2013

The Fordham University Center for Ethics Education presents:

Jailing for Dollars: Moral Costs of Privatizing Justice

2013 Annual Conference

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
6 p.m.  |  Registration at 5:30 p.m.  |  Reception to follow


Over the past 30 years, the United States has become the world's leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation's prisons or jails. Harsher laws and longer sentences have led to an explosive increase in prison over-crowding and economic burdens for state governments; with little evidence of increased public safety.  Efforts to ease the financial pressures on municipalities have given rise to government contracted for-profit prison companies. Once considered a free-market solution to the prison crises, the privatization of incarceration in the U.S. has raised urgent moral questions about the policies and practices of the criminal justice system and the nature and doing of justice.

With presentations from well-known public figures, policy-makers, moral scholars, religious leaders and criminal justice professionals, this multidisciplinary conference will explore the nature and ethical implications of jailing for profit, including:

  • Do public-private prison contracts that incentivize high incarceration rates have a perverse effect on police and judicial actions?
  • Can we morally justify the human cost of money-saving practices that lead to overcrowding, unsafe, and demoralizing prison conditions for inmates and prison staff?



Fordham University
McNally Ampitheatre; Lincoln Center Campus
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP here or by calling 718-817-0926. For more information, visit www.fordham.edu/PrisonConference

FREE CLE CREDITS AVAILABLE:  This conference is appropriate for newly admitted and experienced attorneys and is approved for a maximum of 2 transitional and non-transitional ethics credit hours.