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Private Prison Industry

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.

Sorry, But The Private Prison Industry Isn't Going Anywhere

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 01.05.2017 | Business

The stock prices of the two biggest private prison companies in the United States nosedived on Thursday after the Department of Justice vowed to stop ...

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.

An Unprecedented View of America's Criminal Justice System

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.21.2017 | 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.

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...