This Private Prison Company Is Getting Rich Off Donald Trump’s Immigration Crackdown

This Private Prison Company Is Getting Rich Off Donald Trump’s Immigration Crackdown The Trump administration is cracking down on undocumented immigrants—and the GEO Group’s shareholders couldn’t be happier. A private prison company currently being sued for human trafficking expects to handle one quarter of President Donald Trump’s immigrant detention. The company, GEO Group, contracts with […]

WAPO: Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday in a memo that instructs officials to either decline to renew the contracts […]

Predatory Pricing for Inmate calls stopped by FCC From Jonathan Turley’s blog: We previously featured an article on how the practice of private organizations charging predatory tolls on inmate telephone calls. Now, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), a regulatory agency of the U.S. Government, voted to enact guidelines limiting these tolls to be more in-line with reasonable costs that the agency believes […]

Texas Fertile Ground for Private Prison Industry

From Houston Chronicle: A prison in south Texas erupted with rioting this week. Some 2,000 inmates started fires and took over the Willacy County Correctional Center. Authorities needed two days to wrest back control of the immigration detention facility in Raymondville near the Mexico border. The inmate complaints that preceded the riot are similar to […]

Al Jazeera article on US prison population. “With 1 in 100 American adults behind bars, falling crime rates and a cash-strapped economy, the United States would seem ripe for the kinds of national reforms that might keep people out of prison. Recent polls have shown that even our law-and-order-minded citizenry would rather see penalties eased for certain criminals than pay more money to keep them locked up. […]

New Report Finds Private Prisons a Threat to Criminal Justice Reform

This is a an article from Noelle de la Paz at A new report released by the American Civil Liberties Union puts the spotlight on the disturbing realities of prison privatization, a multi-billion dollar industry that has exploded in the past three decades. “Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration” is the […]