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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

Prison Work Programs: “Cost-Effective 
Labor Pool” or “Slave Labor of Yesterday”?

by Christopher Zoukis

According to a 2017 survey by the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI), of the more than 2.2 million people incarcerated in state and federal prisons and local jails across the United States, 61 percent hold some form of job.

In marketing materials prepared for Federal Prison Industries ...

Class-Action Suit Against CoreCivic ICE 
Detention Center Allowed to Proceed

by Christopher Zoukis

A lawsuit alleging that private prison operator CoreCivic violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) by forcing immigrant detainees to work at one of the company’s detention centers will proceed in federal court. The class-action claim withstood a motion to dismiss on August 17, 2018.

CoreCivic, formerly ...

Audit Criticizes Milwaukee County Jail’s 
Contracted Medical Services

by Derek Gilna

In August 2018, a comprehensive audit report revealed that the private healthcare provider at Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County Jail and House of Correction (HOC) was not in compliance with the terms of a court-ordered consent decree requiring specific staffing levels for medical personnel. The time period under review ...

Shareholder Resolutions Would Stop Private Prison Firms 
from Housing Separated Immigrant Families

In November 2018, shareholder resolutions were filed with CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, and The GEO Group – the nation’s two largest private prison companies – that would prohibit them from housing immigrant detainee children who have been separated from their parents, or parents separated from their ...

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Breaking News

Kansas digs into 20-year contract with private company to replace Lansing prison

Prisons, privatization and profit

REPORT: The 3,100 Companies That Are Invested in Mass Criminalization

Do Private Prisons Have a Future?

Lawmakers delay Tennessee prison authorization; CoreCivic acknowledges $2 million in fines in 2018

Inside a Private Prison: Blood, Suicide and Poorly Paid Guards

Mississippi warden testifies on private prison conditions

Town sues private prison company, says it is owed nearly $1 million in fees

Bureau of Prisons looks to privatization amid staffing cuts

One winner under Trump: The private prison industry

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

 

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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GEO Group stock tracker 


 

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