Source: The Week

Following are some excerpts from a great article on the private prison system. To read the entire article, click on the link above.

  • Today, private prisons incarcerate about 9 percent of all U.S. prisoners, and 19 percent of all federal prisoners. About 75 percent of all immigrants detained by ICE are also in private prisons.

  • CoreCivic has 42 percent of the market and GEO Group 37 percent. GEO Group donated heavily to President Trump’s campaign, and both GEO and CoreCivic contributed $250,000 to his inauguration committee. [FAC NOTE: RON BOOK IS THE LOBBYIST]

  • A month after Trump’s inauguration, CoreCivic and GEO Group stocks shot up by 137 percent and 98 percent, respectively.

  • Private prisons save money by hiring fewer guards, paying them less, and giving them less training, as well as by providing fewer educational, medical, and enrichment services to inmates. The result is less control of the inmates and more violence.

  • For-profit institutions have no incentive to rehabilitate their prisoners, but every incentive to keep recidivism rates high so they can get future contracts.

  • A scathing 2016 report by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General found that federally contracted private prisons had more security violations per inmate than public prisons, including a 28 percent higher rate of inmate-on-inmate assaults and more than twice as many inmate-on-staff assaults.

  • CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, has been cited numerous times for abuses in its prisons.

  • [A judge described] a GEO Group juvenile facility in Mississippi [as a] “cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions.”

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