private prisons


California Just Banned Private Prisons, Including ICE Detention Facilities

The Mesa Verde facility costs taxpayers $119.95 per detainee per day for the first 320 people detained there, according to an advocacy group


A Big Private Prison Operator May Have Illegally Funded a Trump Super PAC

GEO Group—one of the largest private prison operators in the country—has been accused for violating a federal political contribution ban.


How My Time as a Private Prison Guard Changed the Way I See Inmates

I once heard my dad say, "A bullet costs 75 cents—they ought to line them all up, and shoot them in the head."


DeRay McKesson and Other Black Civil Rights Leaders Just Met with Hillary Clinton

The discussion reportedly focused on policing, prisons, and the political rhetoric around race in the United States.


What We Know About the Four Stabbing Deaths in a Private Oklahoma Prison Last Weekend

The precise cause of the chaos is still unclear, but tensions in the Cimarron Correctional Facility in the small city of Cushing, which sits between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, remain high.


The US Government Is Spending Millions to Illegally Lock Up Immigrant Families

Private prison companies are reaping in government cash to run detention centers for immigrant families, despite a court ruling ordering the Obama administration to close the controversial facilities.


​Why Are Minorities Overrepresented in Private Prisons?

For-profit prisons like healthy inmates, who tend to be young and black or Hispanic.


Public Schoolteachers' Pensions Are Partially Funded by Private Prisons

Retirement funds for public school teachers (as well as other government employees) in several states have a combined $90 million invested in Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group, one of the largest private-prison companies in the...


Who’s Getting Rich off the Prison-Industrial Complex?

Many of America's prisons are run by for-profit corporations, so clearly some people are making lots and lots of money off the booming business of keeping human beings in cages. But who are these people? Using some publicly available data, I came up...