While mothers and children languish in detention, private prison companies reveal million dollar compensations for top executives

Private prison companies GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) recently released proxy materials revealing million dollar compensations for their top executives. Both documents included charts that reflected salary figures, stock awards, option awards, among various other means of monetary compensation.

Included in the list of execu

tives in CCA’s statement were Todd J Mullenger, Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Steven E. Groom (Executive Vice President and General Counsel), Anthony L. Grande (Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer), Harley G. Lappin (Executive Vice President and Chief Corrections Officer), David M. Garfinkle (Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer) and Damon T. Hininger (President and Chief Executive Officer). While the total annual compensation for each executive breached the million dollar mark, Hininger rang in at a whopping $3,666,117 for 2014. This was up from the $3,282,460 figure for 2013.

GEO Group’s document included the compensations for Jorge A. Dominicis, (Former Senior Vice President of GEO Care), Thomas M. Wierdsma (Senior Vice President of Project Development), John J. Bulfin (Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary), John M. Hurley (Senior Vice President, Geo Detention and Corrections Services), Brian R. Evans (Senior Vice President and CFO), and last but definitely not least George C. Zoley (Chairman of the Board, CEO and Founder). SImilar to CCA, the annual compensations for each of GEO Group’s top executives surpassed the million dollar mark. GEO’s CEO and founder George Zoley’s annual compensation in 2014 rang in at $4,316,797. While this was down from 4,621,496 in 2013 and 5,976,604 in 2012, it still managed to outshine Hininger of CCA’s 3 million dollar figure.

The truth is that these million dollar fortunes are being built by “net widening” into rehabilitation and community corrections markets as well as the detention and abuse of families, women, and children. On their most recent 4th quarter earnings call, CCA acknowledged its continued reliance on family detention for increased profits. In particular, they noted that its massive new family detention center in Dilley, Texas had already generated $21 million in revenue in the last quarter of 2014.  The facility is expected to expand to 2,400 beds by May of 2015 from 480 beds today.  CCA will reportedly make almost $296 a day for every woman and child detained in the Dilley detention camp. Making a week-long stay for a family of four cost taxpayers a whopping $8,288.

While these millionaire executives are undoubtedly eating well, women in the GEO run Karnes Family Detention Center recently launched a hunger strike to demand their release from the facility.  Interestingly, this facility has also been under intense scrutiny after allegations of sexual abuse were brought to light October of last year.

Join us either in Dilley, Texas, or by organizing an event in your community,  to protest for an end to family detention on May 2.