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Private Prison Companies May Shoot For Trump Infrastructure Cash

Donald Cohen | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Donald Cohen

From what we know about the plan, when Trump says "rebuild," he really means "privatize."

Education Reform Is Drowning America's Children in a Bathtub

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.12.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

I suspect you've heard the definition of chutzpah - the child who kills his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an...

The DOJ's Decision To Stop Using Private Prisons Is Just The First Step

Donald Cohen | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Last week was a turning point. The U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) announcement that it will wind down its use of private prisons is a major step in the struggle to end for-profit incarceration in America.

Private Prison Company Already Shopping Around New Mexico Prison That Doesn't Close Until October

Donald Cohen | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Private prison companies are roadblocks to meaningful criminal justice reform. Every taxpayer dollar that goes to their profits is a dollar not spent on improving conditions in jails and prisons or investing in alternatives to incarceration.

It's Been A Rough Few Weeks For The Private Prison Industry

Donald Cohen | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Despite the bizarre politics on display in Cleveland, sometimes knowing where someone stands on an issue is pretty straightforward. We can be sure about this: The private prison industry doesn't share our goal of ending mass incarceration.

The Corrections Corporation of America is Blocking Immigrants from Seeing Their Lawyers at a Georgia Detention Center

Rhonda Brownstein | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Rhonda Brownstein

Three hours south of Atlanta in the town of Lumpkin, Ga., hundreds of immigrants are being held in Stewart Detention Center with virtually no access t...

Hillary Clinton Says She'll End Private Prisons, Stop Accepting Their Money

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledged Thursday to ban the use of private prison companies if elected president, and ...

Going Undercover in Jailhouse USA

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 07.31.2016 | Crime
Alexander Reynolds

Arrested, cuffed and booked, I was close enough to share the same breath as the lower depths of modern day America. Child molesters. Rapists. Murderers. Nazis. Gangbangers. Drug dealers. Thieves. Recidivists. Taxpayers. Voters. Citizens. People who were just like you and me.

Elise Foley

Immigration Attorneys Allege ICE Is Intentionally Making It Tougher To Help Women In Detention | Elise Foley | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration attorneys working on behalf of women and children apprehended crossing the border illegally say that while detention facilit...

Opt Out and Save Democracy

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

If enough parents are willing to join the movement, keep their children home on test days, ignore the threats, the battle lines will be clear. School officials, local school boards, state legislators and members of Congress will be faced with a real school choice: Whose side are you on?

Captive Customers: Outsourcing Prison Services Is Ruining Lives and Bilking Taxpayers

Donald Cohen | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Introducing for-profit companies into America's criminal justice system has been a bad deal for governments across the country.

Prisons Are Adopting The Walmart Business Model

Carl Takei | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Carl Takei

High recidivism rates mean more people behind bars, and Corrections Corporation of America depends on more and more incarceration to make its billions. Since when do they actually want people to do well after they get out, instead of being sucked back into the system?

Never Mind What the Constitution Says, Our Prison System Has Run Amok

Gerry Myers | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Taxpayers are paying thousands of dollars to send people to prisons when the fines are less than the cost of incarceration. Some counties even brag about the amount of money raised from fines, but they are using false math.

Private Prisons Are Losing

Rashad Robinson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Rashad Robinson

Over the past 20 years, the number of people locked up for-profit has increased by 1,664 percent, but the horrors of the industry have not been experienced evenly.

Selling Prisoners to the Highest Bidder

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.16.2014 | Crime
Roy Speckhardt

Why would prisons fully pursue important policies like educational programs intended to prevent recidivism? If such policies were effective and decreased the number of inmates in their prisons it would negatively impact their bottom line.

Private Prisons: The Case for Divestment

Rashad Robinson | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Rashad Robinson

Our criminal justice system is not a business, and people who are incarcerated should not be treated as assets on a corporate ledger.

Reality Has Turned the Tide Against Private Prisons

Donald Cohen | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Coast-to-coast, governments are realizing that outsourcing corrections to for-profit corporations is a bad deal for taxpayers, and for public safety.

End the Prison-Industrial Complex

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison, but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. Freedom lost is money gained.

The Unfulfilled Promise of International Migrants Day

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Today marks International Migrants Day, a day to be commemorated and celebrated by all in support of immigrants and their contributions to our communi...

The Biggest, Baddest Prison Profiteer of Them All

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jesse Lava

Profiting off mass incarceration is a dirty business. When private prison company Corrections Corporation of America squanders taxpayer money and runs facilities rife with human rights abuses, it's dragging its own name through the mud.

Hawaii's 800-Person Prison Gang Spreads Over At Least Five States

The Huffington Post | Gabriela Aoun | Posted 09.25.2013 | Crime

Eighteen men associated with a Hawaii-based prison gang were indicted on racketeering-related charges yesterday, including drug-trafficking, bribery, ...

The Sinful Irony of the Prison Industrial Complex

David A. Davis | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
David A. Davis

While so many work for and preach about and campaign on ending the cycle of repeated incarceration, essential programs for rehabilitation and job preparation and learning have been systematically, intentionally, exponentially eliminated.

Brown's Prison Plan Bucks National Trends, Enriches For-profit Prison Corporations

Bob Libal | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Bob Libal

With these records, how do these companies continue to win such lucrative contracts? Part of the answer lies where the companies invest their profits.

U.S. Must End War on Immigrants and Addiction to Private Prisons as Well

Bob Libal | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Bob Libal

If the government is serious about reducing the federal prison population, it must end its reliance on for-profit prisons and repeal costly programs that have made immigrants the fastest growing part of the federal prison population.

Chris Kirkham

The War On Undocumented Immigrants, And Who's Cashing In | Chris Kirkham | Posted 08.23.2013 | Business

For decades, drug crimes contributed to an explosion in the size of the federal prison system, far outpacing any other charges brought by prosecutors....