The private prison industry and Mexican refugees

All Things Chronic

While no one was looking, the private prison industry has diversified:

The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country’s largest owner of private prisons, noted in a statement to Business Insider that its Bureau of Prison facilities make up just 7% of its business…

Petrella added that the DOJ’s directive is neither significant to reducing mass incarceration, nor does it sound a death knell for American’s private-prison industry, which has already branched out into services like housing, home confinement, and rehabilitation…

Further, even if the private-prison industry were completely eliminated, private companies would still be integral to the prison industry. Government-run prisons are often funded by and use phone, transportation, commissary, and medical services from private companies…

One of these private prisons is located in New Mexico, so it looks like there’s going to be more lay-offs. New Mexico is in the top 3 states for the highest unemployment…

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