Private Prisons

Eighteen Months of Sometimes Deadly Screw-Ups: Ohio Must Get Out of the For-Profit Prison Business

Eighteen Months of Sometimes Deadly Screw-Ups: Ohio Must Get Out of the For-Profit Prison Business

By Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 3:44pm
Eighteen months after the first state-owned prison sold to a for-profit prison company, and there is no doubt that the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is woefully unfit for the job. From dirty conditions, rampant drug use, and staggering increases in violence, the Lake Erie Correctional Institution is in a dangerous decline, leaving many to questions whether the state needs to step in and assume greater control. To illustrate the deterioration of the for-profit prison, the ACLU of Ohio released a timeline showing the disturbing series of events at Lake Erie.
VICTORY! Students Triumph over Private Prison Company’s Bid to Name College Football Stadium

VICTORY! Students Triumph over Private Prison Company’s Bid to Name College Football Stadium

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 11:33am

For-profit prison company GEO Group announced its decision last night to withdraw the $6 million...

Private Prison Company Doctors Its Own Wikipedia Page and Fabricates Facts to Fight Bad Publicity

Private Prison Company Doctors Its Own Wikipedia Page and Fabricates Facts to Fight Bad Publicity

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 1:56pm

Recently, for-profit prison corporation GEO Group announced that it had secured the naming rights to the football stadium at Florida Atlantic...

Sponsoring a Florida College Football Team Can’t Whitewash a Private Prison Company’s Atrocious Record

Sponsoring a Florida College Football Team Can’t Whitewash a Private Prison Company’s Atrocious Record

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project & Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 11:59am

In Florida, incarceration is big business. So is college football. There might be some twisted logic...

Private Prison Company Celebrates Black History Month -- Wait, What?!

Private Prison Company Celebrates Black History Month -- Wait, What?!

By Alex Stamm, ACLU Center for Justice at 11:21am

We can honor Dr. King's legacy by embracing his dream of equality for all people – regardless of race, creed or color. We can also make a decision to be of service – to take actions that improve our communities and, ultimately, our society.

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A Tale of Two Communities . . . and Zero Private Prisons

A Tale of Two Communities . . . and Zero Private Prisons

By David Shapiro, ACLU National Prison Project at 11:21am

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the world’s largest for-profit prison company, planned to contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to build a new private detention center.   Resistance by the local community…

States Take Sizeable Steps in 2012 to End Overincarceration

States Take Sizeable Steps in 2012 to End Overincarceration

By Inimai Chettiar, ACLU & Alex Stamm, ACLU Center for Justice at 3:48pm

As states begin to realize that they can reduce their prison populations safely, the pace of reform has begun to pick up a bit this year. State legislative sessions are coming to a close, which makes it a good time to review the actions lawmakers…

Prisoners of Profit: Immigrants and Detention in Georgia

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 12:17pm

The ACLU of Georgia recently released a comprehensive report on conditions of detention for immigrants in Georgia, three of which are operated by for-profit corporations and one of which, the Stewart Detention Center, is the largest immigration detention…

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