For-profit prison company GEO Group announced its decision last night to withdraw the $6 million donation it made to Florida Atlantic University in exchange for naming rights to the school’s football stadium. Student groups, faith groups, the ACLU, and other civil rights groups actively campaigned for the university to dissociate from GEO Group.
This is a milestone in the growing movement against for-profit prisons and mass incarceration. When people force the private prison industry to defend its record, companies like GEO can no longer win with lobbyists, money, and lies. The students and faculty at the university can now breathe a little easier knowing they won’t have to watch football at ‘Owlcatraz’ next season.
Here’s a link to more on GEO Group’s record of inhumane prison conditions.