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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:10 PM

Immigrants prove big business for prison companies

Immigrants prove big business for prison companies
GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press, LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ, Associated Press
Updated 05:49 a.m., Thursday, August 2, 2012

MIAMI (AP) The U.S. is locking up more illegal immigrants than ever, generating lucrative profits for the nation's largest prison companies, and an Associated Press review shows the businesses have spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying lawmakers and contributing to campaigns.

The cost to American taxpayers is on track to top $2 billion for this year, and the companies are expecting their biggest cut of that yet in the next few years thanks to government plans for new facilities to house the 400,000 immigrants detained annually.

After a decade of expansion, the sprawling, private system runs detention centers everywhere from a Denver suburb to an industrial area flanking Newark's airport, and is largely controlled by just three companies.

The growth is far from over, despite the sheer drop in illegal immigration in recent years.

In 2011, nearly half the beds in the nation's civil detention system were in private facilities with little federal oversight, up from just 10 percent a decade ago.

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http://www.chron.com/news/article/Immigrants-prove-big-business-for-prison-companies-3756088.php

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Judi Lynn Aug 2012 OP
Vogon_Glory Aug 2012 #1
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Uncle Joe Aug 2012 #3

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:32 PM

1. One of the Arizona SB-1070 Anti-Immigrant Bill's Biggest Backers Was

One of the bigger boosters of Arizona's anti-immigrant SB-1070 bill was the Corrections Corporation of America, an outfit that runs private prisons. Although they didn't write the bill themselves, they gave it at least some support and stand to profit if the original bill rolls through with the approval of a GOP/Tea Party-picked Supreme Court. Personal misery, private profit at US taxpayers' expense!

I've ceased to believe that the Tea Party "conservative" reactionaries really stand for freedom. These days I call many of them "prison planet" conservatives.

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Response to Vogon_Glory (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:08 PM

4. Rachel did a show on this a while back

This is a story that needs to be highlighted.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:58 PM

2. Irony is.....

...when in the ''land of the free'' one of the greatest industries is the investment, building and operation of prisons.

- K&R

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:45 PM

3. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, Judi Lynn.

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