- Feb 2011
- The formerly great golden state
Who Profits From Migrant Detention in the US?
It’s no secret that private, for-profit prison corporations have accumulated substantial wealth from the U.S. criminal justice system. But another, relatively unknown, aspect of their reach is their role in immigration detention in the U.S.
Seems they have a very profitable business based on human misery, and are working on keeping it that way. Their influence in government is exactly what one would expect from an entity getting rich from government contracts.CoreCivic, founded in 1983 and formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, is the largest private prison corporation in the world. The company owns and operates over 100 correctional and detention centers across the country.
Additionally, CoreCivic was the first company to design, build and operate a migrant detention facility in the U.S.
GEO, the second largest private prison organization in the world, is a Florida-based company specializing in privatized corrections, detentions and mental health treatment. It also operates both prisons and migrant detention centers in the U.S. and abroad.
Both companies are currently contracted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to build, design and operate migrant detention facilities across the country.