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Private Prison Industry

An Unprecedented View of America's Criminal Justice System

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

More and more Americans--including leaders from both political parties--agree that our criminal justice system is broken. There's no debate: mass incarceration is neither cost-effective for taxpayers nor safe for our communities.

Roque Planas

Bed Quota Fuels 'Inhumane' And 'Unnecessary' Immigrant Detention: Report | Roque Planas | Posted 04.15.2015 | Latino Voices

The private prison industry’s growing role in immigrant detention is due in part to Congress' requiring the federal government to maintain some 34,0...

Jesse Hazelip's "Mark of Cain" at Known Gallery Highlights Prison Injustice

Lisa Derrick | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.

Amanda Scherker

The 14 Most F#$%ed Up Things About America's Obsession With Putting People Behind Bars | Amanda Scherker | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

You may know the U.S. puts more of its citizens behind bars than any other country, but that's just the start.

"Lockup Quotas," "Low-crime Taxes," and the For-Profit Prison Industry

Donald Cohen | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business
Donald Cohen

For-profit prisons, and the lockup quotas and low crime taxes that come with them, are a raw deal. Grassroots organizations across the spectrum are lining up to stand against them.

Private Prison Company Said Vacant Security Posts Were Staffed, Docs Reveal

AP | By REBECCA BOONE | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Several documents unsealed in a contempt of court case against private prison company Corrections Corporation of America detail ...

Private Prison Company Makes Damning Admission

AP | By HANNAH FURFARO | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A private company that operates Idaho's largest prison acknowledged Thursday that its employees falsified nearly 4,800 hours of ...

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.

The Separation of Profit and State

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Thirty years on, the Reagan Revolution has done its job, or nearly so. There's no sustaining integrity left to how our society is organized, no principle that can't be gamed for private benefit.

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...

How the President Can Save the Holidays

Jakada Imani | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Jakada Imani

Not only do our tax dollars fund detention facilities themselves but breaking up families has many other costs.

Locking Down an American Workforce

Steve Fraser | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Steve Fraser

The privatization of prisons in recent years has meant the creation of a small army of workers too coerced and right-less to complain.

Private Prison Industry Helped Draft Arizona Immigration Law | Morning Edition | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico border, offering a deal. Glenn Nichols, the Benson city...