This book takes a close look at the side of the US prison system that relies on for-profit companies. It explores the history behind for-profit prisons in the United States as well as varying opinions about the ethics of for-profit prisons. Features include a glossary, further readings, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.