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Mesa City Council Approves Contract With Controversial Private Prison Operator CoreCivic

Despite massive public opposition, the Mesa City Council in Arizona voted in favor of privatizing the city’s jail operations and shipping out low-level offenders to a for-profit prison. “The city will enter into a contract with CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, which rebranded itself last fall amid numerous allegations of sexual abuse and violence inside its prisons and jails.”

Source: Phoenix New Times

The Private Prison Business Is Booming Despite Reform Efforts

The private prison business is booming despite well-documented problems and even alleged human rights abuses, including several deaths in recent years at private immigrant jails with inadequate medical care. Both GEO Group and CCA have enjoyed steady increases in annual revenue over the past 15 years, and the companies reported a combined $3.6 billion in revenue during 2015 alone.

Source: Truthout