Welcome to The Hump Day Hall of Shame: 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.
30 years ago, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) became the first for-profit company to contract with governments to operate correctional facilities. They are the founders of the industry and, though other companies have joined the prison business, CCA continues to be the largest provider of private corrections in the United States. As a company they have announced a year-long celebration of their successes and industry leadership. As an advocacy community opposed to prison privatization we will also be commemorating this anniversary as a call to action to put an end to profiteering from incarceration.
Ten years ago Grassroots Leadership published a comprehensive report on CCA; in the years following, Grassroots Leadership and our partners have continued documenting CCA’s egregious history. Some of the highlights from our blog and the folks over at Texas Prison Bid’ness are below.
At 30 years old CCA and the private prison industry should be retired. We will be working with our partners this year to continue exposing the abuses of the private prison industry, their influence on policy-making, and the enormous profits that are derived from locking people up. With this momentum we want to put an end to private corrections for good.[node:read-more:link]