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Who Profits From the Prison Boom

Lobbying for More Prisoners Company Benefits By Drafting Laws That Increase Prison Population For decades, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and other private-prison companies have been active members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a powerful lobby based in Washington, D.C., responsible for numerous laws that have put…

America: Incarceration Nation

In raw numbers, the American prison population is so large it’s almost hard to grasp. In 1980, the prison population stood at 500,000. Today the United States imprisons about 2.3 million people1 in every 100 adults. If you toss in the number of people currently on probation and parole, the…

The Prison Industrial Complex: Biased, Predatory and Growing

In this expos of America’s prison system, DiversityInc examines the rapid growth of privately run prison operators and what is fast becoming the next dark chapter in the ever-expanding prison industrial complex: immigrant detention. What are the racial implications And why has anti-immigration sentiment helped private prisons make a fortune…

Prisons: Presidential Pressure

For about 50 years before 1972, the rate of imprisonment in the United States was steady. But in the 1960s, rising crime rates, urban riots and social tensions triggered tough-on-crime policies that would alter the size and racial composition of the prison system. Here are major players in this movement…

Prisons: Connecting the Dots

An example of how CCA promotes its agenda and parlays its political connections can be seen in states such as Arizona, which recently passed the nation’s toughest immigration-enforcement law. In January, the same month Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce introduced SB1070, CCA hired HighGround, a powerful lobbying firm in Phoenix,…

Prisons: The Industry Leaders

Prisons: The Industry Leaders Corrections Corporation of America Headquarters Nashville, Tenn. No. of facilities: 65 in 19 states, including the District of Columbia No. of prison beds: 86,916 No. of employees: 17,425 2009 revenue $1.68 billion GEO Group Headquarters Boca Raton, Fla. No. of facilities: 62 in the U.S., Australia,…

Discrimination by Any Other Name Is Still Illegal

Discrimination Placement agency cannot hide behind code; settles case for catering to its clients’ discriminatory requests. A placement agency wanted to please its clients. When clients requested preference for no older people, Blacks, Asians, Latinos, people with disabilities, etc., the agency allegedly complied. Knowing that discrimination in placement is illegal,…

Changeand What Is Possible for People With Disabilities

I broke my neck body surfing on New Year’s Eve while vacationing in Puerto Rico. The year was 1980, nearly 30 years ago. After a nine-month recovery at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation in New York, I began my life anew as a C5-C6 quadriplegic using a powered wheelchair. In…