Every Wednesday we highlight the private prison industry’s influence on public policy through campaign contributions, lobbying, and the revolving door of public and private corrections.
This week, we focus not on an individual lawmaker, but on a private prison facility itself. Meet Corrections Corporation of America's (CCA) Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia - our newest inductee into the Humpday Hall of Shame.
Stewart is the nation's largest immigrant detention center, and is located in state that recently passed a strict anti-immigrant law that is modeled after Arizona's infamous SB 1070. As NPR reported ("Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law," October 28, 2010) last year, CCA actively helped draft SB 1070.
This Friday, Grassroots Leadership will be participating in a vigil outside the Stewart Detention Center. We'll post pictures from that vigil next week. In the meantime, here a video from our friends at Cuentame: