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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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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 ...
The Koch Brothers are launching a pilot program to help prisoners reintegrate back into society. Alongside the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the Koch network is pouring $4 million into Safe Streets and Second Chances--an initiative that will study criminal rehabilitation programs in Texas, Louisiana, ...
Christian County Jailer Brad Boyd is concerned about efforts to re-open private prisons in the state, noting that doing so would impact county budgets since the inmates housed at those facilities would be transferred from county jails that are now receiving funds for housing those same inmates. Boyd told the ...
For Inside private prisons, Eisen returned to Laredo to do research. The book explores the $5 billion private-prison industry, and what it means for society, elected officials, and inmates when profit motive is intertwined with incarceration. If private Corporations are making money from housing incarcerated ...
The Pima County Board of Supervisors passed on Tuesday an historic resolution against contracting with private, for-profit prison management companies like CoreCivic to run the county jail. The leadership of Pima County cited the well-being and safety of inmates in a 3-2 vote in support of the resolution.
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 ...
private prison operator CoreCivic will investigate serious allegations levied Tuesday by a former correctional officer about her time at the largest private prison in Tennessee. Ashley Dixon ... More: GOP and Democratic lawmakers grill Tennessee officials, blast private prisons over scathing audit. More: No ...
Tennessee's prison chief promises his department will levy more punishments against private prison operator CoreCivic if it continues to show signs of violating terms of its multi-million dollar contracts, as highlighted in a ... More: GOP and Democratic lawmakers grill Tennessee officials, blast private prisons.
Part 1 focused on the moral question of whether the private prison industry has become a new form of "slavery-for-profit. ... Brookings calculated that the two largest private prison companies, CoreCivic and GEO, having absorbed eight other companies, leaving a total of four operating companies, control the ...
Tylek noted that many Americans end up invested in the private prison industry through large retirement account companies, such as Fidelity and Vanguard ... While it remains unclear the extent to which Yale remains directly or indirectly invested in private prisons, the student panel met to urge the school to ...


 

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