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Stopping Prison—and Jail—Privatization

Sep 24th, 2013 | By
Stopping Prison—and Jail—Privatization

Texas Jail Project supports all efforts to reduce the number of privatized county jails and prisons in Texas. We work with Grassroots Leadership to supply information and to educate lawmakers and county officials about the detrimental effects of this commercialization of our justice system, but it’s an uphill battle in Texas, which leads the nation in the number of detention facilities that are privatized. Now, GEO and CCA and the other money-hungry private companies are pulling in millions off the backs of immigrants. This excellent article from the American Friends Service Committee tells what it’s like for the people held in those places and follows the money as well: “”Immigrant detention is a growth opportunity for for-profit prison companies, expanding their business model from state and federal prisons.”

Private Jails and Prisons: No Oversight

Dec 21st, 2012 | By

Yana Kunichoff | 11.02.11 | The American Independent The inmate population in the United States has grown steadily over the past fifteen years, increasing by 49.6 percent, while the proportion of those prisoners in private prisons has exploded -– according to the Justice Policy Institute’s analysis of federal statistics; the number of people in privately-run

Val Verde Jail—Still Bad or Even Worse?

Oct 9th, 2010 | By

The excellent blog called Texas Prison Bidness… now has an interactive map which has color-coded pins to show exactly which county jails and prisons and immigration prisons are run by private prison companies like CCA and Geo, Inc. Click on a pin and you get the basic info, for example, clicking on Del Rio

Riot and Mysterious Deaths at GEO’s Reeves County Detention Center

Jan 10th, 2010 | By

from Texas Prison Bidness, Mon, 12/22/2008 – 19:32 — Nicole Earlier this month a riot broke out at the Reeves County Detention Center. The GEO Group manages the west Texas prison through contracts with Reeves County and the Federal Bureau of Prisons; the facility has a 2,400-bed capacity. During the riot, two recreational specialists, aged