Prisons - Data - 11-30-11

(Lobbying by Private Prison Companies) "Certain private prison companies, according to a recent report by Detention Watch Network, spend large sums of money to lobby the House of Representatives, the Senate, and several federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Prisons (which incarcerates over 200,000 prisoners at any given time) and the Department of Homeland Security (which detains over 30,000 immigrants at any given time).238 According to nonprofit groups, CCA alone spent over $18 million on federal lobbying between 1999 and 2009, 'often employing five or six firms at the same time,'239 and in 2010, CCA spent another $970,000 lobbying the federal government."


Shapiro, David, "Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration," American Civil Liberties Union (New York, NY: November 2, 2011), p. 38.