Private Prisons

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Harvard Students Push for University to Divest From Prisons

The young activists say their school should not invest in companies that profit from mass incarceration.

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Private Prisons Ask ICE to Pay Multi-Million Dollar Human Trafficking Lawsuit Costs

Private immigration detention center operator GEO Group faces lawsuits alleging human rights violations.

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100,000 U.S. Prisoners Are Trapped in Isolation Units. 'Solitary' Author and Forensic Psychiatrist Terry Kupers Explains Why

In his stark new book, “Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It,” veteran forensic psychiatrist Terry Allen Kupers explores the rise of supermax prisons, the normalization of long-term solitary confinement, and how isolation damages people’s psyches. He talks to Colorlines about  what race has to do with it and more. 

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DOJ Reverses Ban on Private Prisons, Stocks Spike

This is despite a report that concluded that privately-run federal facilities are not safe, secure or even cost efficient.

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With '13th,' Ava DuVernay Breaks Down the Racism of Mass Incarceration in a Way That Everyone Can Understand

The “Selma” and “Queen Sugar” director’s new film on the history, policies and practices that have led to the mass incarceration and modern-day slavery of Black people premieres on Netflix today. Here, she explains the strategy behind the must-see documentary.

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Coalition Petitions Homeland Security to End Privatization of Detention Centers

Jacinta Gonzalez of Mijente: “The country’s detention system represents a major crisis made worse by companies profiting from the suffering of the people kept inside.”

Justice Department to Phase Out Federal Private Prisons

But the policy change will not impact immigration detention centers.

ICE Contracts With Private Prison Company to Manage Cases of Asylum-Seeking Immigrants

Activist Mary Small: “To entrust the care and well-being of traumatized asylum-seeking women and children to a subsidiary of GEO Group, a private prison company with an extensive rap sheet of human rights abuses, is unconscionable.”

Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill to Ban Private Prisons

Sanders: “Study after study after study has shown private prisons are not cheaper, they are not safer, and they do not provide better outcomes for either the prisoners or the state.”

Study Reveals the Financial Impact of Mass Incarceration on Families

Nearly 80 percent of the 1,500 people interviewed said they have been denied or declared ineligible for housing because of their or a loved one’s conviction history.

Columbia University to Cut Ties With Private Prison Industry

Student organizers who successfully fought for the divestment say Columbia is the first American university to pull its investments from the private prison industry.

Inmates and Families Charged to Send, Spend Their Own Money

Making money off of inmates is big business.

Did the Private Prison Lobby Kill Immigration Reform?

Activist Peter Cervantes-Gautschi explains how lobbyists played a big hand in immigration legislation.

Report: People of Color More Likely to Serve Time in Private Prisons

New data helps bolster the argument that the prison industry cares more about profit than rehabilitation.

The Economics of Stop and Frisk

The inequitable application of our laws and unjustifiable focus of the criminal justice system on people of color has always been big business.

Student Protest Forces School to Talk Stadium Deal With Prison Giant

Florida Atlantic University students are up in arms over its schools stadium deal with a private prison operator.