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Corrections Corporation of America

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.

Idaho Governor Orders Police To Investigate Private Prison

AP | REBECCA BOONE | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has ordered the state police to conduct a criminal investigation of understaffing and falsified do...

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.

Private Prison Taken Over By State After Years Of Horrifying Allegations

AP | REBECCA BOONE | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's governor says the corrections department will take over operation of the largest privately-run prison in the state after...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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....

Broken Dreams and Bad Promises

Lisa Longo | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Everything is connected. We can all agree on that can't we? For each and every action there is an equal, and equally important, reaction. This realiza...

The #Dream9 'Publicity Stunt' to Improve the Immigration Reform Debate

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 10.08.2013 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

Their latest action can perhaps be considered a "publicity stunt," but I would characterize it as a productive one, part of a long tradition dating back to the Act Up public performances in the late '80s or to earlier performative activists like the Situationists.

'Bargain' on Immigration Would Feed Prison Profits

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

The supposed grand bargain of the immigration reform bill is shaping up to be a lucrative deal for prisons. As a compromise between "border security" ...

Cities and States Should Learn From Edward Snowden

Donald Cohen | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Donald Cohen

On May 20, 29-year-old whistleblower Edward Snowden boarded a plane to Hong Kong and launched a national conversation about government surveillance. But it also exposed what happens when important government functions are outsourced to for-profit companies.

Anonymous Exposes US' Biggest Private Prison Company as a Bad Financial Investment

Carl Takei | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Carl Takei

Corrections Corporation of America did not exist before this massive expansion of incarceration -- and the company depends on it to survive. But Anonymous' report shows us that as America weans itself from that addiction, CCA's ledgers will quickly turn red.

Kanye West, 'New Slaves' and a Long Tradition of Locking People Up for Profit

Carl Takei | Posted 07.24.2013 | Black Voices
Carl Takei

Our overincarceration epidemic has a massive and disproportionate impact on people of color. While communities of color suffer, the for-profit prison companies benefit.

Open Letter to the Corrections Corporation of America After 30 Years of Locking People Up for Profit

Vanita Gupta | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

For 30 years, CCA's profits have grown because more people are behind bars. For CCA, the fact that America incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world isn't a human tragedy -- it's something they celebrate, because it makes them rich.

Ryan J. Reilly

Sick Inmates Have Died Waiting For Release Due To Program's Mismanagement, Report Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The mismanagement of the Bureau of Prisons' compassionate release program has resulted in terminally ill inmates dying before their requ...