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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

Despite Class-action Settlement, Mental Healthcare Problems at CA Jail Persist

by Derek Gilna

The parties to a May 2015 class-action settlement between prisoners at the Monterey County jail in California, county officials and the jail’s medical provider – which was supposed to address issues of poor medical and mental healthcare, inadequate staffing, accommodations for disabled prisoners and serious safety problems ...

Private Prison Forced to Produce Solitary Confinement Records

The Roderick and Solange Mac­Arthur Justice Center has prevailed in a lawsuit to obtain records related to prisoners held in segregation at Louisiana’s Allen Correctional Center (ACC), run by the GEO Group, a private prison contractor.

A public records request was submitted to ACC on June 19, 2017 and verified ...

Fifth Circuit: Strip Searches Due to Security Concerns Not Unconstitutional

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a summary judgment order in favor of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (LDPSC), holding that strip searches of prisoners for security reasons are not unconstitutional.

Freddie R. Lewis, incarcerated at the Winn Correctional Center (WCC), filed a 42 U ...

Colorado: Defendants Settle After Death of Prisoner Denied Medical Treatment

by Matt Clarke

The estate of a man who died in a Colorado jail of a treatable foot malady has settled a lawsuit alleging Corrections Corporation of America (now CoreCivic) and other defendants caused his death by denying him medical care and surgery.

When Dennis Choquette was booked into the ...

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Breaking News

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

Who foots bill for private prisons?

Private Prison May Have to Boost Detainees’ Wages

Kansas wants private prison giant to build new state lockup

Kentucky returning inmates to for-profit prison four years after dumping company


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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