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Part 9: On Private Prisons

Part Nine, “On Private Prisons” builds upon Part Eight, “On Labor and Economics,” with a focus on exposing the origins, abuses, and public costs of the private prison industry.


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Blog: Texas Prison Bid’ness: The Business of Detention, Grassroots Leadership and Justice Strategies

People Over Profits, movement to end private prisons

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Mohammad, pencil on paper.  The Refugee Art Project .

Mohammad, pencil on paper. The Refugee Art Project.

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“A Brief History of America’s Private Prison Industry,” Mother Jones, 2016.

10 Things That Have Happened Since our CCA Investigation Broke,” Mother Jones, 2016.

Former immigrant detainees confronted the Secretary of Homeland Security about the private prison industry,” #Not1More, 2016.

Costly, Inefficient and Unaccountable: The Case for Outlawing For-Profit Prisons,” Forbes, 2016.

California’s governor vetoed a bill that would stop privately run migrant detention. What now?” PRI, 2016.

Former Guard Launches Hunger Strike to Protest Private Prison Company,” Mother Jones, 2016.

A Shocking Glimpse Inside America’s Privatized Detention Facilities for Immigrants,” Think Progress, 2016.

Why Did One of America’s Most Controversial Immigration Detention Facilities Get Even Bigger?” Foreign Policy, 2016.

The True Cost: Why the Private Prison Industry is About so Much More Than Prisons.” Talking Points Memo, 2016.

Inside the Administration’s $1 Billion Deal to Detain Central American Asylum Seekers.” Washington Post, 2016.

“Dialing with Dollars: How County Jails Profit From Immigrant Detainees,” The Nation, 2014

Shadow Prisons” Fusion, 2014

NPR Investigation: Private Prison Lobbies Helped Write SB 1070Colorlines, 2010.

Photo Essays

Wider Image: Life in California’s largest immigration detention center,” Reuters, 2017.

An Immigrants’ Dream, Detained” New York Times, 2013.


Immigrants for Sale,” Brave New Films (2015)

The House I Live In (2012)

The Private Prison Problem: Not Here Not Anywhere, Narrated by Danny Glover, produced by Tonyia Rawles and Natalie Bullock Brown (2005)

History of the Convict Lease System

Slavery by Another Name, PBS (2012)

Convict Lease System,” Library of Congress.

Ida B. Wells, “The Convict Lease System,” 1893.