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A private prison or for-profit prison, jail, or detention center is a place in which individuals are physically confined or interned by a third party that is contracted by a government agency. Private prison companies typically enter into contractual agreements with governments that commit prisoners and then pay a per diem or monthly rate for each prisoner confined in the facility.


Today, the privatization of prisons refers both to the takeover of existing public facilities by private operators and to the building and operation of new and additional prisons by for-profit prison companies.


In the modern era, the United Kingdom was the first country in all of Europe to use private prisons to hold its prisoners. Wolds Prison opened as the first privately managed prison in the UK in 1992. Soon private prisons were established under the government's Private Finance Initiative, where contracts are awarded for the entire design, construction, management and finance of a prison. Such prisons are run under contracts which set out the standards that must be met. Payments may be deducted for poor performance against the contract. Government monitors ('controllers') work permanently within each privately managed prison to check on conditions and treatment of prisoners, and privately run prisons are subject to inspection by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons in the same way as publicly run ones. There are now 14 prisons in England and Wales operated under contract by private companies. Between them they hold about 10% of the prison population. A further 9 prisons are currently being market tested by the Government, with the public and private sectors both bidding to run them. There are also 2 privately run prisons in Scotland. Current operators in the United Kingdom are G4S (6), Sodexo Justice services (formerly know as Kalyx, and prior to that UKDS) (4) and Serco (6)


Private companies in the United States operate 264 correctional facilities, housing almost 99,000 adult convicts. Companies operating such facilities include the Corrections Corporation of America, the GEO Group, Inc, and Community Education Centers. The GEO Group was formerly known as Wackenhut Securities.


Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) has a capacity of more than 80,000 beds in 65 correctional facilities. The GEO Group operates 61 facilities with a capacity of 49,000 offender beds,


Most privately run facilities are located in the southern and western portions of the United States and include both state and federal offenders.

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Management Training Center, a Utah-based company with private prisons operating in several states, is far from closing a deal to build the 500-bed facility. They must win a U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement contract to detain immigrants suspected of being in the United ... private prison

William Ramirez, executive director of the ACLU of Puerto Rico, told BuzzFeed News that "the Puerto Rican constitution assures that prisoners will go through a rehabilitation process. That's not the mission of private prisons in the US. The private prisons in the US are about business. They are about ... Rico
The debate over a proposed private prison in Evanston encapsulates the economic head scratching happening these days all over the country. ... Management Training Center, a Utah-based company with private prisons operating in several states, is still far from closing a deal to build the 500-bed facility. prison
#"Unfortunately, the regional jails weren't funded while the private prisons were. The private facilities have been funded, and you may have seen one of these facilities in the news lately," Allen said referring to the class-action lawsuit against the East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian brought ... private prison
Jackson said he has been told by MDOC officials that they aren't moving inmates to private prisons, but rather they are reducing inmate numbers at regional jails. "I'm not a big fan of private prisons, but we have contracts with them," Jackson said. March and others say one of the private prison's ...

LBE: The early congressional hearings [in November 1985] that Congress held on the private prison industry [were] fascinating. It was really the first time that the country wrestled with the legal issues, the moral issues, the economic issues, of private prisons, and one of the themes of my book is that ... prisons
Though a federal review found private prisons are more dangerous than government-run prisons for both guards and inmates, the Trump administration indicated earlier this year that it will ... Private prison companies can be found at every level of government, housing 9 percent of the nation's prisoners.
The House then approved money that would allow the state to open two more private prisons if the need arises. But the Senate pulled that from its version of the budget. Senate leaders say it would be better to house more state prisoners in local jails because it is cheaper. The state pays $58 a day to ...
The genesis of the problems at East Mississippi, according to prisoner advocates, is that the state requires private prisons to operate at 10 percent lower ... Neither the state nor the private prison company has contested the accuracy of the prisoners' accounts heard in court, although lawyers for the state ...
The American taxpayer pays the private prison for the difference and also pays in some instances for empty beds and guarantees of occupancy rates. The aggregate US prison population is 2.3 million costing the US taxpayer more than $180 billion a year. Despite this massive investment in incarceration, ...
#Operated by the Utah-based Management and Training Corporation since 2012, EMCF is one of three private prisons in the state that MTC operates. MDOC is responsible for the facility and stations a monitor there to track how the facility operates. More than 80 percent of the inmates there are on some ...
When she emailed Tony Compton, who oversees the private prisons for the state Department of Corrections, he replied, "Amazing what you find when they least expect you to come in." During her testimony, Thomas struggled to come up with the minimum number of correctional officers that the prison ...
Yale remains invested in the for-profit prison industry overseas and has made no formal commitment to avoid future investment in domestic for-profit prisons. ... Yet Swensen himself isn't giving readers the full picture when he argues that Yale's endowment has no exposure to private prison companies.
Issa Arnita, a spokesman for the private prison company — which is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit although its employees will testify during the trial — said he could not talk about specific allegations because of the ongoing court case. “We can say — unequivocally — that the East Mississippi ...
WASHINGTON — A memo has surfaced that elucidates the Trump administration's position on private prisons, which signals an unequivocal pro-business ... Private prison companies invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and today they got their reward.
The private prison industry is certainly “winning” this presidency—meanwhile, the ACLU says the industry is creating “serious gaps in accountability and transparency,” while the authors of a 2016 Hamilton Project paper haven't found evidence that private prisons are cheaper for the government—or any ...

Although Mr. Trump's 2019 budget would maintain the federal Bureau of Prison's annual spending at $7.1 billion, some analysts expect spending to shift to private prison companies. At the same time, the budget calls for $2.5 billion to hold as many as 47,000 illegal immigrants within detention centers, ...
Private Prison Industry conglomerates CCA and GEO Group reportedly made $3.3 billion dollars USD in annual revenue in 2012, with CCA operating 67 Prisons and GEO operating 95 prisons, in USA. — making up 75% of the prison industry in 2012. A lower crime rate is not in the slave labor special ...
Law360 (February 23, 2018, 3:51 PM EST) -- Private prison company CoreCivic Inc. was hit with a proposed class action on Thursday on behalf of immigrant detainees, alleging that CoreCivic is operating forced labor camps that violate the human rights of the detainees while it reaps profits of more than $1.5 billion annually ...
“With the rise of for-profit, private prisons, Ohio now has one of the highest levels of mass incarceration in the country, tearing families apart and costing taxpayers $1 billion every year,” wrote Richardson. “Taxpayers have a right to know how much of their tax dollars are being used to line the pockets of ...
COLUMBUS >> A candidate for state treasurer says the current office holder should examine the impact of private prisons on Ohio taxpayers. Democrat Rob Richardson in a letter Wednesday asked Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel to study the issue. Richardson is an attorney and former University ...
The Obama administration called upon the federal Bureau of Prisons not to renew expiring leases with private prison companies. ... He has expressed the administration's desire for the private prisons to expand the amount of beds, build new facilities, and be ready for a greater inflow of inmates as they ...
A Cincinnati council majority isn't happy the city's retirement board has no plans right now to divest in the holdings the pension fund has in private prisons. A council majority asked for that in December. The pension board, in a letter, says such a policy wouldn't be good for active and retired members of the ...
Although Mr. Trump's 2019 budget would maintain the federal Bureau of Prison's annual spending at $7.1 billion, some analysts expect spending to shift to private prison companies. At the same time, the budget calls for $2.5 billion to hold as many as 47,000 illegal immigrants within detention centers, ...
In the worse-case scenario for the private prison operators, the Senate secures funding on par with 2017 rates. In the best case, the House provides a 12-percent year-over-year increase for an additional 4,676 detention beds. “However, the top-line funding to which lawmakers agreed as part of the ...
If you wanted to bring in an industry that may be more volatile than oil and gas, you couldn't pick a worse one than the private prison industry. Before the current national administration, there was increased bipartisan support to do away with private prisons. A change in the political landscape in the future ...
One of the nation's largest operators of private prisons is seeking to open a day facility for released criminal offenders in south Sacramento, but several community members are objecting to the proposal because the location is near multiple schools and disadvantaged neighborhoods. The city of ...
In August 2016, the Justice Department announced their plans to end the use of private prisons, citing concerns about their levels of safety and effectiveness at ... For instance, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest private prison company in the US, has spent $17.4 million on lobbying ...
And he doesn't see anything wrong with private prisons. Even after horror stories have emerged about the treatment of Vermonters incarcerated far away in privately owned prisons? Barely accessible to family and friends? Seven Days reported the price of such a complex at $141 million to $165 million and ...
Re: T. J . Donovan's opinion piece in the Jan. 27 Herald. I agree with everything Attorney General Donovan discusses in this essay. If Vermont leases an institutional complex built and owned by a private company, we will be just one recession away from convincing ourselves that it will be more costeffective ...
The move marks the latest boost given to the private prison industry, which donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the president's election campaign and his inauguration. ... The Trump administration has ordered government facilities to transfer men from government-run facilities to private prisons.
Godderis responded to the claim that there is no link between supporting the private prison industry and doing business with Tapingo. “For my personal opinion, if they are at all part of a network that supports private prisons then I am absolutely opposed to it regardless of how small those ties are,” Godderis ...
"The Vanguard Group and Fidelity Investments.. two of the private prison industry's biggest investors." Clintons may have funneled their stolen gains through Vanguard. http://vice.com/en_us/article/... since these prisons are making money hand over fist...the only way to make sure that we're not individually ...
“This is part of the private prison industry's strategy,” Howard said. “Becoming a landlord is now one of their biggest revenue streams. The question for Vermonters is, do we want to turn over our entire correctional system to a massive, morally corrupt and morally questionable industry that will produce profits ...
A Tennessee Republican wants his state to stop using private prisons. It's an uphill battle, considering national private prison giant CoreCivic calls Nashville home and more than one-third of the state's 22,000 inmates are housed in CoreCivic prisons. But Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Crosby, said the state ...
The announcement came seven days after the DOJ's inspector general (IG) called on the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to more rigorously oversee its contracts with private prison companies. The IG's report found that private prisons at the federal level consistently fail to measure up to federal standards ...
Late last month, ICE detainees at a CoreCivic-run facility in California sued the private prison contractor, alleging that they had been threatened with solitary confinement if they did not work. In October, The Intercept reported that officials had placed another detainee in solitary confinement for 30 days for ...
Private Prison Firm Paying $550,000 in Ariz. Harassment Case. U.S. officials say a private prison company will pay a settlement of $550,000 to by shared by 16 women who were dismissed from their jobs at Arizona correctional facilities in 2012 after complaining of sexual harassment. Jan. 8, 2018, at 6:26 ...
PHOENIX (CN) — One of the nation's largest private prisons companies, GEO Group, will pay $550,000, apologize and make administrative changes to settle sexual harassment and retaliation claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. GEO Group agreed to the settlement Monday, ...
Boca Raton's GEO Group is the second-largest private-prison company in America and makes a huge portion of its income imprisoning people on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It has repeatedly denied inmates in its facilities are forced to work against their will. The company ...
TOPEKA, Kan. — Top Kansas officials have tapped the brakes on the attempt by Gov. Sam Brownback's administration to hire one of the nation's largest private prison operators build a new Lansing prison. The State Finance Council, which includes Brownback as well as Republican and Democratic ...
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A private prison company is proposing to build an immigration detention facility in southwest Wyoming. Utah-based Management & Training Corporation approached Uinta County and Evanston officials recently with its proposal to build a center to house about 600 detainees for the ...
Sessions' Pot Crackdown Is Great for South Florida's Giant Private-Prison Company ... There was a brief period, a little more than a year ago, when it seemed Boca Raton's multibillion-dollar private-prison juggernaut, the GEO Group, might go ... One industry that's not feeling shaky today is private prisons.
“The for-profit private prison system, including privately operated immigrant detention facilities, have been marked by substandard and inhumane conditions, broken financial promises to local rural communities, and a lack of transparency and accountability when problems have arisen,” Sabrina King, Policy ...
In October, when executives from the country's biggest prison company held their annual leadership conference at a golf resort owned by President Donald ... It was a glaring reminder of how far the private prison industry has come since the final months of the Obama administration, when—shortly after the ...
Though profit motives have long played a part in the politics of incarceration, only in the past four decades have private prisons started dotting the US carceral landscape. In 1983 CoreCivic (formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA) opened its doors as the country's first private-prison ...
In the past year, three major cities have launched divestment campaigns from the private prison industry, following on the heels of a slew of major universities breaking ties with companies that profit from over incarceration. Just a few weeks ago, for instance, the Philadelphia Board of Pensions and ...
But when President Trump took office, the department switched course: Last February, Attorney General Jeff Sessions described private prisons as essential for meeting “the future needs of the federal correctional system.” Stock prices for prison industry giants like CoreCivic and GEO Group soared soon ...
Phil Scott's administration proposed partnering with a private prison corporation to build a 925-bed facility in northwestern Vermont, the governor and ... at $141 to $165 million and suggested that the "most affordable model" would involve contracting with a private prison firm to build it and lease it back to ...


 

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