Lancaster County, PA Shows Others How to Say No to a For-Profit Prison Company
Date:  08-08-2018

County leaders backed down against planned takeover by GEO of reentry program when constituents rose up en masse against it
From Truthout:

What’s the best way to push profit-seeking corporations out of the public sphere? Don’t let them take over in the first place. Residents of Lancaster County, Penn. were thrilled to learn this lesson with their recent victory against GEO Group, a giant of the private prison industry.

GEO Group has gained notoriety for its shady practices, with a rap sheet as varied as the so-called services it provides. GEO has turned into a household name in recent weeks for profiting off the youth and family detention centers that have become hallmarks of President Donald Trump’s inhumane immigration policies. But the company’s heinous practices predate Trump — though their highly suspect lobbying relationship with the current administration is well-documented.

The private prison profiteers have misspent millions in federal funds, only to manage facilities that one federal judge called “a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions.” Despite their abhorrent track record, GEO has raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in federal government contracts in the last year, with a staggering $9.7 million lining the pockets of CEO George Zoley in 2017. Continue reading >>>