Private Prisons for Profit
In response to the exploding prison populations in the 1980’s, for profit corporations were formed to house the flood of new inmates. CoreCivic (Corrections Corp. of America) and The GEO Group were 2 early movers in this market.
The flood of arrests of undocumented workers has provided another growth force in this market sector.
The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma Washington is operated by The Geo Group. It imprisons over 1500 people, and has been the subject of legal actions for abusive practices and conditions. The Geo Group is a $2.5 billion company.
What we can do
Many faith communities in the Northwest have raised concerns about Private Prisons in general, and the Northwest Detention Center in particular.