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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


Washington State Pays Prisoners Slave Wages While Suing Others for Doing the Same

by Ed Lyon

The GEO Group is one of the largest private prison companies in the United States. Its primary reason for existence is to generate profit by warehousing people for the states and federal government. One of GEO’s many prisons is the 1,575-bed Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. ...

CoreCivic Booted from LGBT Chamber of Commerce in Hometown

by David M. Reutter

Nashville’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) has removed for-profit prison company CoreCivic from its membership rolls. The October 8, 2019 decision to return the company’s membership fee came after a vocal outcry from the local LGBT community.

“The voices at our meeting last night were very ...

Members of Congress Investigate Private Equity Firms that Own Companies Providing Prison Services

by Matt Clarke

On September 30, 2019, U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent letters to five private equity firms – BlueMountain Capital Management, H.I.G. Capital, American Securities, Apax Partners and Platinum Equity.

The firms own companies that provide support services ...

California Begins Weaning Itself from Private Prisons – More or Less

by Ed Lyon

California governor Gavin Newsom entered office in early 2019 vowing to end the use of private prisons – including those in which federal immigration authorities detain asylum seekers – because for-profit prisons “lead to over-incarceration” and “do not reflect our values.” For many years, California sent prisoners ...

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Breaking News

Delco council committed to deprivatizing prison

Proposal would forbid Nashville from entering, renewing contracts with private prisons

State's Payments to CoreCivic for Housing Inmates at Private Prison May Exceed Legal Limits

Trump administration sues California over private prison ban

Ex-prison health contractor won’t release records despite court rulings

Prison company gave Colorado 60 days to find a new place for its inmates

The Trump Administration Weakens Standards for ICE Detention Facilities

Despite Findings Of 'Negligent' Care, ICE To Expand Troubled Calif. Detention Center

Scathing state audit slams Tennessee prisons, CoreCivic for staffing, sexual assaults, and deaths in jails

Mississippi Department of Corrections contracts with private prison company to house Parchman inmates

Why big banks could be killing private prisons

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


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CCA/CoreCivic stock tracker

GEO Group stock tracker 


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