“Locking up immigrants, including families and children fleeing extreme violence in Central America, should not be a source of profit for huge corporations, particularly given private contractors’ terrible record providing inadequate medical and mental health care to dying immigrants,” Center for Constitutional Rights states.
Following the publication of the United State’s Department of Justice to stop accommodating inmates in privately owned prisons, the biggest private prison companies have seen a decline in their stock prices. The announcement was made through the release of a memo on 18th of August, 2016 by the Deputy attorney, Sally Yates.
This development came after a report brought to light that private prisons aren’t safe compared to federally managed ones. This news indeed came as a shock to those companies; as they have spent huge sums of money to lobby for the contract to be awarded them.
The Bureau of Prisons made a payment of about $639 million to privately operated prisons in the 2014 pecuniary year. Moreover, over the last decade, immigration detention has become the main source of income for the industry. There has been some exponential rise in the immigration detention, making the business lucrative for the industry players.
The country’s largest private prison industry, Corrections Corporation of America saw a decrease in shares of 38%. In the meanwhile, one of the company’s biggest revenue is from the Bureau of Prisons.
The CCA in 2013 spent a total of $36 million in purchasing Correctional Alternatives, a provider of housing and rehab services. Two years later, it also bought Avalon Correctional Services for about $157.5 million.
Furthermore, the CCA was awarded a $1 billion contract in 2014 to detain asylum seekers from Central America. Many of these detainees were families with children. This new deal saw a drastic increase in the revenue of the company.
Constitutional Rights, a nonprofit organization condemned the activities of these private prison companies in a statement released on Thursday which states; “Locking up immigrants, including families and children fleeing extreme violence in Central America, should not be a source of profit for huge corporations, particularly given private contractors’ terrible record providing inadequate medical and mental health care to dying immigrants.”
A study by the National Immigrant Justice Center in 2015 disclosed that those who are detained in private prisons are prone to all forms of abuses
due to a failed inspection system. Also, they lack appropriate medical care.
It is surprising how people see the suffering and inhuman conditions people are put through as an avenue to make money. It is a fact that most of the inmates in the American prisons are Black people hence, it isn’t a coincident that the affairs of these people are left in the hands of some businessmen who do not care about the welfare of the very people they have taken advantage of to make their money.
The private prison system really deserves to be totally abolished. A change in just some laws will still make the rich business men able to lobby their way through as they have always done. It is only making some folks rich yet causing so much harm to the lives of detainees.
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