April 20, 2020 -
With the COVID-19 pandemic raging through correctional facilities, many states have ordered the release of nonviolent offenders in local jails or prison inmates at greater risk from the virus. But states in the Deep South have been slow to act. Meanwhile, Louisiana is moving its COVID-19-stricken prisoners to the notorious Angola penitentiary — an hour's drive from a hospital with a ventilator.
November 8, 2019 -
Facing criticism that's hurting stock prices, private prison companies have banded together to create a new industry advocacy group called the Day 1 Alliance. Its spokesperson previously led a Virginia super PAC that targeted career EPA employees who criticized President Trump and NOAA employees who supported progressive Democrats.
October 11, 2019 -
Amid a grassroots campaign targeting them for financing private prison companies, banks are cutting ties with the industry. Florida-based GEO Group's last remaining banking partner recently announced it would cut ties with the company, and Tennessee-based CoreCivic is also feeling the heat.
March 8, 2019 -
With a growing number of banks refusing its business amid pressure from human rights activists, the U.S. private prison industry has been ramping up spending on lobbying and campaign contributions. Tennessee-based private prison giant CoreCivic just added to its powerhouse lobbying roster another influential firm for help on banking issues.
August 9, 2018 -
With private prisons under scrutiny, some Southern states have moved away from contracting with them — but some have gone in the other direction. Where does your state stand?
April 20, 2017 -
Though federal contractors are banned from making campaign contributions, a GEO Group subsidiary donated $225,000 last year to a super PAC affiliated with the Trump campaign. The parent company just landed a $110 million contract to build an immigrant detention center in Texas, sparking protests from campaign finance watchdogs.
March 1, 2017 -
With the Trump administration rolling out plans to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants, leading private prison companies — major donors to Trump — are already enjoying a big jump in stock prices.