As Americans celebrates Independence Day, 2.3 million will be doing so behind bars, 80,000 of them housed by one private prison corporation. Releasing its latest report, “The Dirty 30: Nothing to Celebrate About Thirty Years of Corrections Corporation of America” Grassroots Leadership stated:
“Founded in 1983, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) gave birth to the modern for-profit private corrections industry. Over the last 30 years, the company has profited from the "war on drugs" and "tough on crime" policies and found a lucrative market in the detention of immigrants. Now a multi-billion dollar corporation, CCA uses its substantial political influence to make sure its interests are met.
The Dirty 30 offers 30 examples from the company's history intended to shine a spotlight on the grave consequences of privatization for incarcerated people, prison staff, and the public at large, and brings a critical eye to the role of for-profit prison firms in criminal justice and immigration policies.