Private Prison Industry

"Today, private companies imprison roughly 130,000 prisoners34 and, according to one group, 16,000 civil immigration detainees in the United States at any given time.35 As states send more and more people to prison, they funnel ever greater amounts of taxpayer money to private prison operators. By 2010, annual revenues of the two top private prison companies alone stood at nearly $3 billion.36"

Note: The two prison companies named in this report are "Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group (then called Wackenhut Corrections Corporation)."


Shapiro, David, "Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration," American Civil Liberties Union (New York, NY: November 2, 2011), pp. 9 & 13.