The Day 1 Alliance is a trade association representing private sector contractors helping address corrections and detention challenges in the United States. For more than 35 years, D1A members have worked with local, state, and federal governments led by members of both political parties to provide professional, humane, and respectful treatment to incarcerated and detained individuals. From day one, we understand we have a responsibility to provide safe and dignified care to those in our facilities.
D1A members do not lobby for or against policies, regulations, or legislation that impact the basis for or duration of an individual’s incarceration or detention.
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Private contractors serving public corrections and detention needs play a small but valued role in the criminal justice and immigration systems. Just 8 percent of incarcerated people are cared for in contractor-operated facilities today.
When the industry emerged in the 1980s, it did so to solve critical problems within the public correctional system. Overcrowding, aging facilities, and declining services had led courts to intervene in the public management of 41 out of 50 state corrections systems in order to address unsafe or unconstitutional conditions.
Private service providers continue to answer government’s critical public safety needs by providing new facilities, management solutions, and a push for stringent correctional accreditation standards across both the public and private systems.