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The Private Prison Industry

The private prison industry includes for-profit companies that provide correctional services. Most well-known are companies such as Corrections Corporation of America (CCA, which has rebranded as "CoreCivic"), the GEO Group and Management & Training Corp. (MTC), which own and operate prisons, jails and other detention facilities. CCA and GEO are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

A wide variety of other correctional services are also privatized, and thus monetized -- including prison medical care, mental health care, food services, transportation services, pharmaceutical services, telephone services, money transfer services, commissary/canteen services, video visitation, secure email services and more. Together these companies make up the private prison industry, which directly profits and benefits from incarceration.

 Are you aware of private prison contract violations? 

We are interested in hearing from whistleblowers, including current or former private prison employees, who are aware of contract violations or fraud by private prison firms. For example, contracts may require that private prison operators provide specific services or programs that they are not providing, or specific staffing levels they have failed to meet. If you have documentation about contract violations or fraud at private prisons, please contact us confidentially via our contact page. Note that whistleblowers may be entitled to financial compensation for exposing fraud by government contractors.


Recent Articles

CoreCivic Prison in Tennessee Plagued with Problems

by David M. Reutter

Less than two years after opening the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in January 2016, the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) imposed a $43,750 fine against the prison’s private operator, Nashville-based CoreCivic.

Formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, and the nation’s largest for-profit prison ...

Ohio Experiences Continued Problems with Aramark

by Christopher Zoukis

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) over­paid food service giant Aramark $57,193 for food provided to nonexistent prisoners, investigators found.

The overpayment was uncovered by the state Office of the Inspector General (OIG). According to a June 15, 2017 report, the OIG began investigating ...

$7.9 Million Award Against New York County and Medical Contractor in Jail Suicide Case

A New York federal jury awarded $7.9 million to the estate of Bartholomew Ryan, 32, who committed suicide at the Nassau County Jail. The jury found the county and its medical contractor, Armor Correctional Health Services, were negligent and had violated Ryan’s constitutional rights.

Ryan was a Marine Corps ...

HRDC Files Class-action Suit Over CDCR Debit Release Cards

by Derek Gilna

The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), the parent organization of Prison Legal News, filed a complaint on January 12, 2018 seeking class-action status in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuit alleges unlawful and exploitative practices by JPay, Inc., Sunrise Banks ...

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Breaking News

Kansas: Bill against privatized prisons right move

Guide: CoreCivic and GEO Group’s push for public-private partnerships in building prisons

Under Trump, the Private-Prison Boom Shows No Sign of Slowing

Who foots bill for private prisons?

Private Prison May Have to Boost Detainees’ Wages

Kansas wants private prison giant to build new state lockup

Kentucky returning inmates to for-profit prison four years after dumping company

GOP and Democratic lawmakers grill Tennessee officials, blast private prisons over scathing audit

Private Prison Company Will Pay $7 Million to Family of Mentally Ill Inmate Who Killed Herself

Private Prisons Lock Up Thousands Of Americans With Almost No Oversight

Are Private Prison Companies Using Forced Labor?

Private Prison Giant CoreCivic’s Wants to Corner the Mass Incarceration ‘Market’ in the States


Other Resources

Prison Legal News

Human Rights Defense Center

Stop Prison Profiteering

Grassroots Leadership

In the Public Interest

Private Corrections Institute


Abolish Private Prisons

Journalists Resource Page


Notable Reports/Articles

"I Worked In A Private Prison — They Are A Cancer On American Society"

August 2016 Dept. of Justice review of federal private prisons

ACLU report "Banking on Bondage"

Fordham law journal report on private prison cost savings/shifting

Mother Jones article - 4 months as an undercover private prison guard


Crime Does Pay!

CCA/CoreCivic stock tracker

GEO Group stock tracker 


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