Private Prisons

AZ legislator calls for investigation of prison money

Arizona Legislator calls for an investigation into the $900,000 in additional funding allocated for GEO Group, the nation’s second-largest for-profit prison company. 

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AZ Central

What border enforcement expansions would mean for private detention centers

From the immigration legislation in Congress currently to existing programs like Operation Streamline, private prison companies are pursuing the expansion of immigrant detention. AFSC's Caroline Isaacs explains some of these policies and how they impact immigrants and people living in border communities.

Recap: Profiteering on prisons [Google Hangout]

No matter how private companies profit on prisons, privatizing incarceration puts the pursuit of profits over the needs of taxpayers, prisoners, and prison employees. This was the topic of discussion among three AFSC staff members during a one-hour Google Hangout on Air held July 17, 2013.

During the discussion, Caroline Isaacs, who authored the first-ever systematic study of all for-profit prisons operating in Arizona, relayed her experiences in the struggle against privatization.

Profiteering on prisons: Online discussion with AFSC experts

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 3:00pm

A Google Hangout on Air

No matter how private companies profit from prisons—detaining immigrants, needlessly expanding capacity, cutting quality—privatizing incarceration puts the pursuit of profits ahead of the needs of taxpayers, prisoners, and prison employees. It’s an impractical and immoral move. Yet many states and the federal government continue to rely on private companies to manage facilities.

World's largest for-profit prison corporation marks 30-year anniversary

prison surveillance

This year, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the world's largest for-profit prison corporation, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. CCA pioneered the practice of incarcerating people for money, which has now ballooned into a multi-billion dollar industry.

Private Prison Opponents Hopeful but Vigilant

NH Labor News asked Arnie for an update on the campaign to stop privatization of New Hampshire's prisons.

With Governor John Lynch leaving office and a significant turnover in the membership of New Hampshire’s Executive Council, the danger that the state would turn over management of its prisons to a private firm has diminished.  However, privatization foes remain vigilant until the proposal is not just really dead but really most sincerely dead.

Stop Prison Privatization in NH

Now that the state has closed the door on its dalliance with private prison operators, it's time to lock it by passing HB 443.

NH Should Say "No" to Prisons-for-Profit

This article has also been published by the Concord Monitor, Nashua Telegraph, Keene Sentinel, and New Hampshire Episcopal News. 

Fault Lines: Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention

The detention and deportation of immigrants has reached an all-time high under the Obama administration. Fault Lines investigates the business of immigrant detention and finds out how a few companies are shaping U.S. immigration laws.

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