Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162289
Authors: 
Wassenaar, Mattheus
Gradus, Raymond
Molleman, Toon
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 17-023/VIII
Publisher: 
Tinbergen Institute, Amsterdam and Rotterdam
Abstract: 
Outsourcing of detention is a complex public task, due to quality risks from incomplete contracts, the public responsibility for sentencing and execution, and related social opinions. In the Netherlands, the debate about the outsourcing of prison services to the private profit sector has recently restarted. At the same time, in the Netherlands there is extensive experience of outsourcing prison services – in particular for juvenile detention and internal forensic psychiatric care – to nonprofit organizations. In the Dutch experience, we have not found differences between public and nonprofit execution, with respect to the type of contract with the prisons, costs and quality. The Dutch experience shows that outsourcing to nonprofit entrepreneurs in civil society can be an alternative to outsourcing to the private market.
Subjects: 
nonprofit organizations
contracting out
prison services
JEL: 
H40
L31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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