Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses – We Have Private Prisons to Fill

"Traditionally, the Bureau of Prisons has run its own facilities, but if you’re a low-security immigrant you’re almost certainly going to do time in one of 13 privately operated prisons. Just three for-profit companies—Corrections Corporation of America, GEO Group and MTC—control the market for incarcerating “criminal aliens.”

Six of these private prisons are located in Texas. Their hosts: impoverished rural communities desperate for the jobs.

These prisons house mostly individuals sentenced for immigration crimes. While BOP-run facilities tend to be well-operated with few scandals, private “criminal alien” prisons in Texas and elsewhere have been rocked by riots, corruption scandals, inmate deaths, and cases of inadequate medical care and abuse.

The cost to the taxpayer for incarcerating 70,000 non-citizens for immigration crimes now tops $1 billion a year.

Privately held MTC’s 10-year contract