Our Resources on Criminal Justice and Immigration

As Wall Street Banks Sever Ties, Private Prison Companies Stand to Lose Over $1.9B in Future Financing
July 2019

A data brief following up from our prior reports on Wall Street’s involvement in the private prison industry.
The Wall Street Banks Still Financing Private Prisons
April 2019

A data brief following up from our 2016 report on the Wall Street banks financing the multibillion-dollar private prison industry’s two major players: CoreCivic and GEO Group.
An examination of private financing for correctional and immigration detention facilities
June 2016

A report documenting how private prison corporations CoreCivic and GEO Group are primed to provide additional jail, prison, and immigration detention space by privately financing new facility construction.
CoreCivic and GEO Group’s push for public-private partnerships in building prisons
January 2018

A guide summarizing concerns about a recent push by private prison corporations to sign public-private partnerships with governments for correctional facility construction.
Private Companies Profit from Almost Every Function of America’s Criminal Justice System
January 2016

An infographic depicting the possible paths of people charged with different offenses, revealing the various privatized services provided by the corrections industry.
Criminal: How Lockup Quotas and “Low-Crime Taxes” Guarantee Profits for Private Prison Corporations
August 2013

A report describing the use of prison bed occupancy guarantee clauses in private prison and exploring how such clauses undermine criminal justice policy and democratic, accountable government.
The Banks That Finance Private Prison Companies
November 2016

A report revealing how financial institutions, including Wall Street banks, profit from providing financing in the form of credit, bonds, and loans to private prison companies.
How Private Prisons Companies Increase Recidivism
June 2016

A research brief detailing how private prison companies and prison telephone and video call companies increase the chances of prisoners they incarcerate or provide services to being rearrested.
Buying Influence: How Private Prisons Expand Their Control of America’s Criminal Justice System
October 2016

A report outlining the ways private prison companies and corporations that provide corrections services spend millions of dollars each year influencing public officials.
Buying Access: How Corporations Influence Decision Makers at Corrections Conferences, Training, and Meetings
August 2015

A report detailing how companies leverage professional corrections associations in ways to influence decision makers and find and capitalize on new business opportunities.
Essential Public Interest Protections for Prison Privatization Contracts
October 2012

A list of protections that should be considered when negotiating and designing contracts with private prison companies. We also include best practices that states can implement to better monitor and enforce these contract provisions.
GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America Spend Billions of Taxpayer Dollars Purchasing Smaller Companies
September 2016

A fact sheet describing how the largest private prison companies have expanded their control of and influence on the U.S. criminal justice system by purchasing smaller companies.
Private Prison Companies Encourage Mass Incarceration by Owning Facilities
July 2016

A fact sheet showing how private prison companies embed themselves in America’s criminal justice system and further mass incarceration by marketing empty facilities that they own.
CoreCivic’s Troubling Track Record
February 2016

An issue brief providing basic information about CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America, or “CCA”) and a glimpse of the critical problems present in many CoreCivic-operated facilities.

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