The For-Profit Criminalization of Immigrants: Prison Contracts Require Placement in ‘Extreme Isolation’

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 10:57 am

The corporations make money incarcerating over 25,000 immigrants. Thousands are subjected to solitary confinement and denied medical care. The squalid conditions have spurred protests, hunger strikes and uprisings against abusive treatment, according to a multi-year investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

 

Why Is Florida Atlantic University’s President Afraid of the Truth on Private Prisons?

By: Saturday March 2, 2013 12:48 pm

The debate over Florida Atlantic University’s decision to name a football stadium after a notorious private prison company has descended into deception.

Mental Health in Prisons and the GEO Group

By: Thursday June 7, 2012 4:15 pm

The news that GEOCare, a private for-profit company, is hovering around the prisoner mental health honeypot in North Carolina is an extremely worrisome development. Mental health in prisons tends to fall at or near the very bottom of the list of priorities in prison management– and likewise in prison budgets– not least because a large percentage of the typical prison population suffer from mental health issue. This covers everything from anxiety and depression, to self-harm, insomnia, suicide attempts, psychosis, borderline personality disorder, uncontrollable anger and violent impulses associated with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and eating disorder. To be honest, if a prisoner is not suffering from some sort of despair related condition whilst incarcerated in the US prison system, they are doing remarkably well.

Shareholders Challenging the Private Prison Industry

By: Saturday May 26, 2012 4:00 pm

In an interesting bit of grassroots advocacy, a few shareholders of the country’s two largest private prison companies have worked to bring more accountability to the industry, which is exempt from public records laws in nearly every jurisdiction despite the fact that it performs inherently governmental functions.

The GEO Group, based in Boca Raton, FL, had its annual shareholders’ meeting in Palm Beach a few weeks back. Some demonstrators protested outside, but the true challenge for the company would come from inside that very meeting.

Some of the Worst Abuse Ever Seen in a Private Prison

By: Saturday April 7, 2012 12:45 pm

Following on the announcement of the removal of all juvenile prisoners in Mississippi from private prisons, the Department of Justice has just released a report of its findings in investigating the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility, which is run by the GEO Group. Walnut Grove was the target of the lawsuit that resulted in the prohibition on sending juveniles to private prisons, and it turns out the state was more than justified in ordering such a removal.

Florida’s Private Prisons CorruptionFest 2012

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 11:15 am

Florida continue to push to privatize its prison system, and the entire effort is being greased by millions of dollars flowing to lobbyists and Florida legislators, not to mention the Governor. Efforts to force advocates to justify claims of savings are failing, bought off by even more money from those who profit from private prisons.

Government Still Trying to Force Private Prisons in Florida

By: Sunday January 29, 2012 6:45 am

Florida’s politicians really just can’t take a hint. After they failed to force widespread privatization on the state’s prison system, against the wishes of the director of their DOC (but at the behest of companies that spent a million dollars lobbying the legislature), the asshats in the state legislature are back at it, this time with a vengeance. Even the fact that the GEO Group is under FBI investigation over a deal that brought a private prison to the state, and the state’s Circuit Court ruling the initial push unconstitutional, have failed to slow down the push to privatize.

Florida’s Private Prison Mess

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 2:08 pm

Florida is embarking upon the largest prison privatization plan in history. No state has ever undertaken such an ambitious expansion of their private prison system, and for good reason; private prisons consistently fail to live up to contractual obligations, don’t save money, and provide less efficient services than government-run prisons.

Private Prisons: Pay to Play

By: Thursday July 28, 2011 4:00 pm

Two interesting pieces here regarding the influence the private prison industry wield in its political affiliations and activities. Most of the reason the industry has been so successful in securing contracts despite decades of failing to perform is the cozy relationship it has cultivated with state and federal officials who control the disbursement of public funds and criminal justice sentencing. They cultivate these relationships through donating to individual politicians and various campaigns they embark upon, but also through hiring professional lobbyists to promote their will while the legislature is in session.

Burying the Money

By: Tuesday July 12, 2011 5:15 pm

This is almost too easy. The GEO Group, a huge, multi-billion dollar corporation, also has a political action committee so that they can essentially donate twice in every political campaign they want to be a part of (it’s called GEOPAC). But apparently, all those billions of dollars couldn’t buy them lawyers that could understand the difference between state and federal laws.

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