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How Private Prisons Take Tax Dollars Away from Fixing Our Criminal Justice System

Every year, private prison companies collect thousands of tax dollars in profit for every incarcerated person in their facilities. If our criminal justice system stopped sending people to private jails and prisons, these tax dollars could be spent on programs that prevent incarceration and support prisoner rehabilitation.

As shown in the infographic below, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country’s largest private prison operator, made $3,356 in profit per prisoner in 2015. GEO Group, the country’s second largest private prison operator, made $2,135 in profit per prisoner.


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Programs Not Profits is a multi-year campaign that promotes replacing private profits that hurt incarcerated people, correctional officers, and taxpayers, with publicly funded and managed programs that provide job training, mental health care, and substance abuse treatment. See more about the campaign here.

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