The private prison industry is under fire. As the nationwide immigration crackdown continues, it is outrageous that the country’s two largest for-profit prison companies — GEO Group and CoreCivic — have seen their profits balloon after receiving billions in ICE-awarded contracts.
Now both companies face a slew of lawsuits for allegedly subjecting immigrants and asylum seekers to forced labor. Those who refuse say they’ve been threatened with solitary confinement or punished by having basic necessities denied.
But the public and Freedom United supporters are fighting back, standing up for the human rights and dignity of those exploited at the hands of GEO Group and CoreCivic. Here’s a look at some of you have been saying:
Immigrants detained in private prisons are subjected to forced labor and threatened with solitary confinement or restricted visitation rights if they refused to work.
WE MUST ACT.
Help stop forced labor in the U.S. prison & detention system https://t.co/6FUa1BE7f7
— GREUBE HUMAINE (@GREUBELINUX) September 22, 2019
It’s unconscionable for detention centers to profit off the entrapment and incarceration of immigrants. On top of that, #CoreCivic, one of the U.S.’s biggest detention corps, pays just 5% in taxes. It’s time to end detention altogether. Via @IPS_DC https://t.co/xZALgINYA5
— Al Otro Lado (@AlOtroLado_Org) September 24, 2019
Private prison companies such as Core Civic stand accused of using forced detention center labor at ICE immigrant detention facilities in order to reduce their costs. Read More: https://t.co/MiPnzshLJY #CoreCivic #immigration #immigrant #immigrationdetention pic.twitter.com/Ir1QJ4sAYK
— Top Class Actions (@TopClassActions) June 27, 2019
Private contractors received $2.3 billion+ in immigration & corrections contracts in 2018 – double the amount they received in 2013.
This is what it looks like when an industry capitalizes on a human rights disaster.
We must end private prisons. https://t.co/xn9U2YLcWa
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) September 21, 2019
“Private prisons have for years enriched themselves by exploiting detained immigrant labor. They must be held accountable.”
With @ProjectSouth and others, we’ve filed suit against #CoreCivic for using forced labor of detained immigrants to boost profits. https://t.co/nGACtewzbE
— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) May 17, 2018
Private Prisons; Profits Before Purpose
The current private prison structure is another example of the people in power getting richer off the systematic exploitation and forced labor of the poor, most of whom are minorities.https://t.co/pgDC3CF16D pic.twitter.com/R2qy27PRYt
— Focus for Health (@focusforhealth) April 17, 2019
Core Civic (ie Corrections Corporations of America) the biggest slavery brokers in the world.
“CoreCivic’s abuse and exploitation of… https://t.co/7qzT5MdrOp
— Beth Foster (@BethneyFoster) May 18, 2018
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