International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


Exploring the Perception of Economic Impact of State Correctional Institutions in Rural Pennsylvania*
Kevin E. Courtright, Michael J. Hannan

This paper identifies variables of importance in predicting the perception of economic benefit of state correctional facilities located in four different rural communities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Returned mail surveys (N=3160) from residents residing in rural communities provide data which, in addition to contributing to the scholarly literature in this area, should assist both state Departments of Corrections and rural communities who are either presently considering prison development or looking to improve their existing relationship between themselves and the correctional institution. An ordered logit methodology is employed showing several variables to be significant predictors of resident perception of a prison’s overall economic impact. These include distance from facility, perception of local job creation resulting from the prison, and resident safety concerns, among others.

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