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With Immigration Reform Looming, Private Prisons Lobby to Keep Migrants Behind Bars (Updated)

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

Common-sense immigration reform has the multibillion-dollar private prison industry shaking in its boots. Its lobbyists are actively targeting members of congressional budget and appropriations committees to not only maintain, but increase incarceration of migrants.

Why is this university president afraid of the truth on private prisons?

Jesse Lava | Posted 04.30.2013 | Business
Jesse Lava

The debate over Florida Atlantic University's decision to name a football stadium after a notorious private prison company has descended into deception.

Students Protest Naming Of University Stadium After Prison Company

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.27.2013 | Business

Dozens of students gathered on campus at Florida Atlantic University on Monday to protest the school's recent announcement that it will name its footb...

Chris Kirkham

Prison Company's Wikipedia Page Sanitized After Football Stadium Naming Deal | Chris Kirkham | Posted 02.21.2013 | Business

GEO Group Inc., the nation's second-largest private prison conglomerate, has until now mostly kept its brand far from the law-abiding public's conscio...

Did GEO Group Edit Its Wikipedia Page to Hide Its Past?

Jesse Lava | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Jesse Lava

Word came out yesterday that Florida Atlantic University had sold the naming rights to its new football stadium to the GEO Group, which is the second largest private prison company in America. It now appears that the GEO Group decided to give its Wikipedia page a facelift.

Chris Kirkham

Florida College Football, Brought To You By Private Prisons | Chris Kirkham | Posted 02.20.2013 | Business

For more than two years, Florida Atlantic University has been searching for the name of a corporate sponsor to adorn its new 30,000-seat, palm-ringed ...

Chris Kirkham

State Considers Reopening Troubled Prison | Chris Kirkham | Posted 01.15.2013 | Business

Looking to cut a corrections budget that accounts for nearly a quarter of the state's general fund each year, Michigan lawmakers have reopened the doo...

Detained Immigrants Exploited for Profit

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Stewart is not the exception, but the rule, in immigration detention today. It is unacceptable to spend billions in taxpayer dollars every year to contract with corporations such as CCA that perpetrate human rights abuses against this vulnerable population.

Where Immigrants With No Criminal History Get Lengthy Stays In Jail

Sun Sentinel | Megan O'Matz | Posted 03.07.2013 | Miami

DEERFIELD BEACH -- Hundreds of men and women who have committed minor offenses, such as driving without a license, or no apparent crime at all, are lo...

Private Prison Exec: Lying To Federal Agencies 'Happens All The Time'

Posted 12.11.2012 | Business

An executive at a private prison company, one that deals with federal agencies, has said that lying to federal agencies is no big deal. Thomas Wei...

Chris Kirkham

Border Crossers Land In Private Prisons, Sparking Riots Over Conditions | Chris Kirkham | Posted 09.27.2012 | Business

This spring, a group of inmates at a privately operated federal prison in Mississippi -- most of them undocumented immigrants from Mexico -- rose up a...

Chris Kirkham

'Lock Them Up Forever And Let People Make Money Off Of It' | Chris Kirkham | Posted 07.16.2012 | Business

Virginia is in the final stages of reviewing proposals that would privatize a mental health treatment facility for sex offenders who can be held indef...

Chris Kirkham

Arizona Immigration Decision Could Mean Boon For Private Prison Business | Chris Kirkham | Posted 06.25.2012 | Business

As the Supreme Court upheld a central provision of Arizona's controversial immigration law on Monday -– a requirement for law enforcement to check t...

Chris Kirkham

In Quiet Corner Of South Florida, A Private Prison Pits Town Against Town | Chris Kirkham | Posted 06.22.2012 | Business

In a quiet patch of palm-lined subdivisions at the edge of the Everglades, a yearlong battle has been brewing over plans to build one of the largest i...

Chris Kirkham

Federal Settlement Fails To Stop Violence At For-Profit Mississippi Youth Prison | Chris Kirkham | Posted 06.14.2012 | Business

After years of widespread violence and sexual abuse at Mississippi's for-profit prison for juvenile offenders, state officials and civil rights groups...

Chris Kirkham

Small Town Blocks Plans For Private Immigrant Detention Center | Chris Kirkham | Posted 06.12.2012 | Business

For more than a year, residents of Crete, Ill., have flooded meeting halls, erected yard signs and circulated petitions in order to halt the construct...

Chris Kirkham

In Crackdown On Undocumented Immigrants, A Boon For Prison Corporations And Rural Towns | Chris Kirkham | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- On a flat and desolate stretch of Interstate 10 some 50 miles south of Phoenix, a sheriff's deputy pulls over a green Chevy Tah...

The 'Sunk Costs' of a Profit-driven Prison System

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Over the past decade, there has been an alarming increase in the use of immigration detention in the United States. From 2001 to 2010, the number of i...

Jailing Americans for Profit: The Rise of the Prison Industrial Complex

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.10.2012 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

No matter what the politicians or corporate heads might say, prison privatization is neither fiscally responsible nor in keeping with principles of justice. It simply encourages incarceration for the sake of profits.

Chris Kirkham

Anonymous Hackers Strike 'Sinister Conniving Alliance' | Chris Kirkham | Posted 05.07.2012 | Business

After high-profile takeovers of recording industry and Justice Department websites last month, hackers affiliated with the Anonymous movement had a ne...

America's Gulag: The Money (in Politics) Behind Prison Privatization

Nick Penniman | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Nick Penniman

If we are to reform the prison system, and fix the other Big Problems, we must first reform the lobbying and campaign financing systems.

Chris Kirkham

Florida Prisons Bill Would Expand Private Management, Netting A Big Win For Political Contributors | Chris Kirkham | Posted 02.02.2012 | Business

Florida this week faces a choice that is increasingly confronting much of the nation -- whether to hand over a major slice of its prison system to pri...

Private Prison Inmates Charged Five Dollars Per Minute For Phone Calls

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.18.2011 | Business

For inmates at one Georgia prison, a one minute phone call could cost them five times more than they earn for a day of work. The Correction Corpor...

Elise Foley

Immigrants To Wells Fargo: Stop Investing In For-Profit Detention | Elise Foley | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

Latino and Somali immigrants are organizing in Minneapolis, Minn., against Wells Fargo, telling the bank to stop donating to anti-immigrant politician...

Immigrants For Sale

Axel W. Caballero | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Axel W. Caballero

It's hardly a secret that private prison corporations are deliberately promoting and designing laws aimed at incarcerating immigrants and turning the prison system into an incredibly lucrative business.