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Corrections Corporation of America–Pro Mass Incarceration

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Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) was launched 32 years ago by two former military officers and a former prison administrator. It was the first for-profit prison company in 20th century America. Today, CCA is the largest private prison company in the United States and its income exceeded 1.7 billion. Since 1980, our prison population has increased almost 800%. This alarming statistic has by far outpaced our crime rate and the population rate of the United States. The United States has 25% of the world’s inmates despite having only 5% of the world’s population.

Private prison companies are not concerned about our shameful mass incarceration crisis.  CCA stated in their 2011-10 K report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission:

“The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by the relaxation of enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction or parole standards and sentencing practices or through the decriminalization of certain activities that are currently proscribed by criminal laws.”

For-profit prison companies control almost 20% of federal prisons. The number of immigrants detained in federal prisons have increased from 6,423 in 1991 to 32,095 in 2011. The non-profit Detention Watch Network has reported that almost 50% of the immigrants incarcerated by the federal government are locked up in private prisons. NPR has reported that CCA for many years “was involved in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization of state legislators and corporations that drafted the basis for Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB1070 and that has consistently advocated for harsh sentencing and detention laws.”

We have to ask ourselves whether for-profit prison companies really want a lower recidivism rate which means reduced profit for the private prison companies or are the for-profit prison companies want to maintain the status quo. CCA in a March 2012 investor presentation bragged that incarceration “creates predictable revenue streams,” and that private prisons are a “Unique Investment Opportunity.”

By: Bradley Schwartz
Founder of


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5 Responses to Corrections Corporation of America–Pro Mass Incarceration

  1. PrisonPath August 18, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

    Janet Innes-Kirkwood commented on your update

    “Profit motives in incarceration of one’s citizens is a bad idea. “A new study finds that inmates in private prisons are likely to serve as many as two to three more months behind bars than those assigned to public prisons and are equally likely to commit more crimes after release, ”

  2. Brian Mahany Esq August 20, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

    As one of the leading False Claims Act law firms in the U.S., we encourage employees or former employees of private correctional facilities to come forward and report fraud involving state or government contracts. CCA paid Idaho $1 million last year because of understaffing.

    A Civil War era statute allows whistleblowers with inside information about fraud involving government programs to be paid a percentage of whatever the government collects from a wrongdoer. (And the rewards are real – last year the Justice Department paid whistleblowers $635 million.) Many states have similar whistleblower award programs.

    Reporting fraud is not only the right thing to do, it can pay big awards and promote officer safety. (No one wants to work in an understaffed facility or have inmates angry because of poor health care or food service.)

  3. PrisonPath August 24, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    private for prison is not healthy situation… and they are the biggest because there is only 2 in this country.. no competition makes it easy to say they are the best and biggest. sad really. making money off of caging people. On 8/18/15, 7:29 AM, Bradley Schwartz wrote: ——————– Thought you might be interested in seeing this.

    – Freebird

  4. PrisonPath July 8, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

    Did you even read the article? Its talking about how the owners and investors of private prisons push legislation for harsher sentences for crimes including but not limited to immigration. Our country makes up 25% of the worlds prison population and only 5% of the world’s population. Its a pretty effed up statistic. Just saying.
    By Jay

  5. PrisonPath July 8, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

    We are prison crazy. Money to be made.

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