Online Data Archive

Private Prison News Project: Article Data from New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Houston Chronicle, 1985-2008

Principal Investigators:
Pamela Oliver, University of Wisconsin-Madison
with Brett C. Burkhardt, Oregon State University

The Private Prison News Project (PPNP) gathered mass media coverage of prison privatization in the United States. The data file contains data on the population of articles that contained any mention of private adult detention facilities in the United States published in four newspapers (Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times) from 1985 through 2008.

The following publication is available for download:

Burkhardt, Brett C. 2011. "Private Prisons in Public Discourse: Measuring Moral Legitimacy." Politics, Culture, and Society Working Papers Series.