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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

 

Allegheny County Settles Three Lawsuits Over Medical Care at County Jail

by Dale Chappell

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania has settled a lawsuit over lack of adequate care by Corizon Health, the medical contractor at the county’s jail, for failing to feed a prisoner, which led him to go into cardiac arrest, according to court records.

The prisoner, Christopher Wallace, was arrested on ...

Split Summary Judgment Order in California Prisoner’s Wrongful Death Suit

by Ed Lyon

On September 17, 2019, a federal judge denied several summary judgment claims urged by CoreCivic while granting one.

Federal prisoner Gerardo Cruz-Sanchez entered the Otay Mesa Detention Center (OMDC) in San Diego, California, operated by private prison corporation CoreCivic on February 4, 2016.

He was not given ...

Denver Tries to End Private Prison Companies’ Halfway House Contracts

by Matt Clarke

In August 2019, thanks to the efforts of newly elected Denver, Colorado councilwoman Candi CdeBaca, the city council declined to renew contracts worth a total of $10.6 million with GEO Group and Core­Civic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) to operate six halfway houses. With a total ...

Tenth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of New Mexico Prisoner’s First Amendment Claims

by Scott Grammer

Monte Whitehead was incarcerated at the Otero County Prison Facility in New Mexico, operated by for-profit contractor Management & Training Corp. (MTC). He filed suit in state court raising various claims under the federal constitution and New Mexico Tort Claims Act, alleging in part “that certain defendants ...

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Breaking News

To change private prison system, stop public investments

Private prisons face an uncertain future as states turn their backs on the industry

ICE’s Revolving Door: Top Official Goes to Work for Private Prison Company

Metro Councilmember proposes to stop allowing private operators from operating jail

Private Prison Exec Pursues Federal Cash, Spends at Trump Hotel

Private prison firm preps for 2020 ‘worst case scenario’

Facing Widespread Divestment and Public Outcry, GEO Group Tries to Soothe Shareholders

Artist Phil Collins Pulls His Work From a MoMA PS1 Show in Protest of a Trustee’s Ties to For-Profit Prisons

Private prisons on the chopping block next legislative session

As time runs out for Denver’s closing halfway houses, the city is considering buying one

Private Prison Firms Form Advocacy Group to Rebut Scrutiny

Other Resources

Prison Legal News

Human Rights Defense Center

Stop Prison Profiteering

Grassroots Leadership

In the Public Interest

Private Corrections Institute

Muckrock

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

 

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