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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


California County Jail, Private Medical Provider to Pay $825,000 for Prisoner’s Death

by Chad Marks

Lara Ann Gillis, a 47-year-old mother, died in December 2015 after spending just over 24 hours at a county jail.

Gillis was arrested on December 4, 2015 in Monterey County, California on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, obstructing law enforcement and possession of marijuana ...

Arizona Federal Court Levies Sanctions Against Corizon Health

by Ed Lyon

Corizon Health, headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, is the nation’s largest private prison and jail healthcare provider. The company has, for many years, been mentioned in Prison Legal News – usually in connection with misconduct by Corizon employees, grossly inadequate medical care and lawsuits resulting in verdicts and ...

Steep Cost for Sending Hawaii Prisoners to Mainland Facilities

Hawaii has long been considered a tropical paradise, but those who run afoul of the law on the islands stand a good chance of being exiled. Over a third of Hawaii’s prisoners are shipped to a privately-operated facility in Arizona to serve the majority of their sentences. 

Critics have ...

Preliminary Settlement in Lawsuit Against JPay Over Prison Video Calls Ending Early

by Scott Grammer

Oumer Salim, a resident of Colley­ville, Texas, wanted to communicate with his brother, who was in an Ohio state prison. The facility used JPay for video calling, at a cost of $9.90 for each 30-minute session. So Salim began using the system. He noticed a recurring ...

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Breaking News

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The Troubled History Of The Company Tapped To House Hundreds Of Kansas Inmates In Arizona

Congressional Black Caucus Institute Takes CoreCivic Cash, Boosts Policies That Help Private Prisons

Private Prisons Now Face 87.4% Financing Gap as Banks Continue to Flee Industry

Jewish Group Plans #NeverAgain Protest Outside GEO Group Headquarters in Boca Raton

Private prisons were supposed to thrive under Trump — then came a backlash

Harvard Students Are Demanding More Than Divestment From Prison Profiteers

Ulster County jail contract lowers cost of inmate calls, gives each inmate access to tablets

Private prison company sued in death of 1 year old migrant child

Geo Group, company that runs prisons, opens new $57 million Boca headquarters

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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