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, 2018 -
A lawsuit filed this week against a Tennessee-based private prison corporation that operates an immigrant detention center in Georgia is the latest in a series of such suits challenging prison companies' practices under human trafficking laws — but a group of Republican lawmakers wants the government to defend the companies.
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.