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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

Solitary Instead of Treatment of Mentally Ill Prisoner Costs New Mexico Jail $2 Million

by R. Bailey

New Mexico’s Otero County Board of County Commissioners agreed to pay a former Otero County Detention Center (OCDC) pretrial detainee $2 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit that alleged punishment without due process.

The suit claimed that OCDC had a policy or practice of placing mentally ...

Mother of Prisoner Who Died at Texarkana Jail Challenges $200,000 Settlement; Nurse Pleads Guilty

by Matthew Clarke

On November 11, 2017, notice of a $200,000 settlement was filed in a federal lawsuit over the death of a diabetic Texarkana jail prisoner who died after a nurse ignored her repeated requests for a blood sugar test. Soon thereafter the mother of the prisoner filed ...

Private Prison Operator Emerald Corrections Out of Business

by Steve Horn

Louisiana-based Emerald Correctional Management, also known as Emerald Corrections, was once among the major movers and shakers in the private prison industry. Today it’s a figment of the past.

Emerald was notorious for atrocious conditions in its detention facilities, as documented in a recent investigative piece co-published ...

Texas Uses Failed Private Prison to Hold Civilly Committed Sex Offenders

by Matt Clarke

In 2015, Texas converted its outpatient program for civilly committed sex offenders into a “tiered” treatment program, in which participants start out in a “total confinement facility” at twice the cost of the original program. The state awarded Correct Care Solutions a $24 million contract to provide ...

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Breaking News

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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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