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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


Undiagnosed MRSA Forced Arizona Prisoner to Have Heart Surgery

by Chad Marks

Walking 200 feet to the chow hall was excruciating, said 35-year-old Arizona prisoner Waylon Collingwood. Held at ASPC-Lewis, he had already been to the medical department several times in July 2019 to seek help for his symptoms, which also included vomiting and nausea, only to be wrongly ...

Genesco CEO Denied Term on CoreCivic’s Board of Directors, but Board Refuses His Resignation

by Scott Grammer

Robert J. “Bob” Dennis, CEO of Gen­esco, a Nashville shoe and boot retailer, was first appointed to the board of directors of CoreCivic, the private prison company formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, in February 2013. However, in May 2019 his time on the board was ...

Prisoners, Guards, Students Protest Aramark

by Douglas Ankney

In November 2019, an employee of private food service provider Aramark Correctional Services at Indiana’s Correctional Industrial Facility in Pendleton was captured on surveillance video delivering a package and $300 in cash to a prisoner. Kevin Lake, 26, admitted to smuggling the contraband he had received from ...

New Mexico: Third-Party Settlement Agreements Resulting from Medical Care Provided by Corizon are Public Documents Subject to Disclosure

by Douglas Ankney

The New Mexico Court of Appeals held that third-party settlement agreements, resulting from medical care provided by Corizon Health under a contract with the state, are public documents subject to disclosure under the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA).

In 2016, the New Mexico Foundation for Open ...

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Breaking News

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

Opinion: America’s private prisons need to be abolished

Timely news on the perils of privatizing prisons

Private Prison Finds Friendly Banker in Nomura After Bank of America Bails

Abolishing Private Prisons Is a Start, But It Will Not End Mass Incarceration

'These people are profitable': Under Trump, private prisons are cashing in on ICE detainees

Inmate Says He Was Raped, Retaliated Against at CoreCivic Prison in Arizona

Polis administration: Conditions in private prison failed state standards

Private Prison Operator CoreCivic Finds New Bankers As U.S. Lenders Pull Back

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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