Immigration Detention = Big Money for For-Profit Prisons

DetentionBedQuota Infographic

By Sharita Gruberg | May 9, 2014

A congressional mandate requires that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, maintain bed space to detain 34,000 immigrants per day at an annual cost of more than $2 billion. This arbitrary number is unrelated to the agency’s actual bed-space needs, wasting taxpayer dollars and placing immigrants at risk of abuse and mistreatment in private detention facilities. The detention bed quota increases revenue for for-profit prisons. Nearly two-thirds of all immigrant detainees are held by the private Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the Geo Group, Inc. CCA Annual Revenue from Federal Contracts: $752 Million. Money spent lobbying by CCA and Geo Group Inc. since 2005: $15.8 Million. CCA Company value since Congress enacted the quota: Doubled

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