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Private prisons news and analysis from The Nation
May 23, 2022
Is Every Sentence a Life Sentence?
Around 1.3 million Americans are currently incarcerated, and they will continue to be punished long after their release.
January 24, 2022
Henry Cuellar’s Corporate Ties
The Texas Democrat and members of his staff have unsettling links to the oil and private prison industries.
December 21, 2021
A Sheriff for the People
Following her recent victory in New Orleans, Susan Hutson will become the first female Black sheriff in Louisiana history.
May 13, 2021
New York County Jails May Close Their Doors to ICE
The Dignity Not Detention Act mirrors legislative efforts to take on the rogue agency in states like Maryland and California.
April 2, 2021
New Bills Could Stop Private Prisons From Cutting Deals With ICE
An increasing number of states are passing legislation that makes it harder for local governments to sign contracts with for-profit prison companies.
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December 2, 2020
Now Is the Time to Make Good on the Promise of Justice for All
Here’s how we can.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley
April 30, 2019
How Private Equity Is Turning Public Prisons Into Big Profits
In recent years, corporations have privatized almost every part of the public prison system. Now, PE firms are swooping in, seeking lavish returns for investors.
March 8, 2019
Immigrant Advocates Just Got JPMorgan Chase to Stop Financing Private Prisons
Next up? All the other major banks financing private detention centers.
Javier H. Valdés
Ana María Archila
December 6, 2018
The White House Has Hosted a Predators’ Ball of Corruption
Here’s how the incoming Democratic Congress can expose it and make the case for bold reform.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
November 21, 2018
Marijuana Comes to Coalinga
The weed business promised to save this struggling California town. So far, it’s been a bust.