In the first decade of this century, the number of state inmates in private prisons increased by 80%, but the number of Federal inmates, saw gains in the area of almost 10 times that amount. The overwhelming majority of those are in for drug related and other non-violent offenses, and evidence exists that these increases are along ethnic lines.
- A staff psychiatrist employed by CCA in Florida was caught forcing female inmates to give him private lap-dances.
- In 2010, guards at CCA run Idaho Correctional Center, allowed several inmates to beat another inmate into a coma. It is said that they regularly used inmate violence as a way to gain leverage and maintain control.
- The state of Hawaii has removed all its inmates from private facilities.
- At Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey, a CCA run facility, an inmate was left to bleed to death on the floor – for 13 hours.
And yet, GEO Group and CCA among others continue to spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year – over ½ billion just since 2000 – lobbying on both the state and Federal levels. Their combined profits have been 3 Billion dollars since 2010. They lobby for such things as harsher sentences for drug crimes, stiffer mandatory sentences and 3 strike laws. In short, they profit by locking you up, and they are working tirelessly to make that easier to do.
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