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Changing of the Guards

Private Influences, Privatization, and Criminal Justice in Canada

With a Foreword by Adam White
A comprehensive assessment of privatization in the Canadian criminal justice field. 

Although in recent decades service outsourcing has spread throughout Canada’s prisons and jails as well as into its police, courts, and national security institutions, the expanding scope and pace of corporate involvement in criminal justice functions have not yet been closely investigated. Changing of the Guards provides a comprehensive assessment of privatization and private influence across the twenty-first-century Canadian criminal justice field. It illuminates the many consequences of public-private arrangements for law and policy, transparency, accountability, the administration of justice, equity, and public debate. Within the contexts of policing, sentencing, imprisonment, border control, and national security, the contributors explore crucial questions about legitimacy, policy diffusion, racism, inequality, corruption, and democracy itself.

290 pages | 4 halftones, 1 map, 4 figures | 6 x 9

Table of Contents

Introduction: Canadian Perspectives on Private Influence and Privatization of Criminal Justice / Alex Luscombe, Kevin Walby, and Derek Silva
Part 1: Appetites for Private Provision and Purchase of Security
1 Police, Private Security, and Institutional Isomorphism / Massimiliano Mulone
2 Private Policing of Images in Canada / Steven Kohm
3 Postsecondary Security in Canadian Context / Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot
Part 2: Private Actors in City Spaces and Surveillance
4 Policing Canadian Smart Cities: Technology, Race & Private Influence in Canadian Law Enforcement / Jamie Duncan and Daniella Baretto
5 Platforms and Privatizing Lines: Business Improvement Areas, Municipal Apps, and the Marketization of Public Service / Debra Mackinnon
Part 3: Private Actors in Courts and Law
6 Private Risk Assessment Instruments and Artificial Intelligence in Canada’s Criminal Justice System / Nicholas Pope and Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich
7 The Implications of Food Privatization in Jails: A Case Study of the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre / Kaitlin MacKenzie
8 Shape Shifting: The Penal Voluntary Sector and the Governance of Domestic Violence / Rashmee Singh
Part 4: Private Actors in the Realm of National Security and Border Politics
9 Where Public Meets Private: In Search of Evidence of an Emerging “Industrial-Espionage Complex” in Canada / Alex Luscombe
10 The Role of Privatization in Canada’s Immigration Detention Centres / Jona Zyfi and Audrey Macklin

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