Of the total federal and state U.S. prison population of 1.5 million people, portion of prisoners incarcerated in private facilities: 1 in 12

Percent by which the U.S private-prison population increased between 2000 and 2016: 47

By 2016, number of U.S. states that along with the federal government were utilizing private prisons run by for-profit and nonprofit operators: 27

Of the 13 Southern states, number that utilize private prisons: 9*

Rank of Texas and Florida, respectively, among the first states nationwide to do so: 1, 2

Percent of Florida's juvenile prison facilities that are privately run today: 95

Of the eight states nationwide that stopped contracting with private prisons between 2000 and 2016 over concerns about safety and cost cutting, number in the South: 1**

Year in which Louisiana changed the classification of its contracted prison beds, reporting its private-prison population as zero for the first time during that period: 2016

Year in which North Carolina ended its primary private-prison contract over cost concerns, leaving just one private nonprofit facility in the state housing a few dozen women: 2000

Of the five states that started contracting with private prisons between 2000 and 2016, number in the South: 2***

Portion of private prisons nationwide run by the two largest private-prison companies, GEO Group and CoreCivic: over 1/2

Year in which Florida-based GEO Group signed a two-year contract with the Alabama Department of Corrections to provide training, drug treatment, and other resources for prisoners finishing their sentences and preparing for community reentry — a critical foothold for the company in a state that does not utilize private prisons: 2017

Between 2000 and 2016, amount GEO Group spent on state elections: over $5.8 million

Percent of that amount spent on elections in Florida, which was by far the top recipient of the company's state political contributions: 69

During the same period, amount Tennessee-based CoreCivic spent on state elections: almost $3.9 million

Rank of Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, respectively, among the states nationwide where the company spent the most on elections during that period: 2, 3, 4

On Aug. 6, number of people arrested while blockading the entrance to CoreCivic's Nashville headquarters in a protest over the company's prison and immigrant detention contracts: 20

Month in which Dream Defenders pushed the Florida Democratic Party to ban donations from private-prison firms, leading GEO Group to threaten the civil rights group with legal action: 7/2018

Number of congressional Democrats who, facing pressure over the companies' roles in immigrant detention, have pledged to refuse donations from private-prison firms: at least 8

Size of contribution that U.S. Rep. David Price, a North Carolina Democrat, returned to GEO Group earlier this year: $1,000

* Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
** Arkansas.
*** Alabama and South Carolina.

(Click on figure to go to source. Many of the numbers in this index come from "Capitalizing on Mass Incarceration: U.S. Growth in Private Prisons," a report released this month by The Sentencing Project.)