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December 17, 2020
How Trump Made a Tiny Christian College the Nation’s Biggest Prison Educator
His administration has funneled $30 million to Ashland University in Ohio. Critics say the school’s tablet-based program fails incarcerated students.
November 17, 2020
Think Private Prison Companies Are Going Away Under Biden? They Have Other Plans
CoreCivic and GEO Group have been shifting away from prisons toward other government contracts, like office space and immigration detention.
November 13, 2020
Life Behind the Wall
Sure, prisons and jails are dangerous places. But everyday life inside isn’t as explosive as TV and movies make it look.
June 26, 2019
Corporate Confession: Gangs Ran This Private Prison
What happened in Mississippi when no one wanted dangerous, low-paying guard jobs.
November 6, 2017
When A Small Town’s Private Prison Goes Bust
Contrary to popular belief, private prisons often don’t save the economies of the rural towns that seek them out.
October 13, 2016
How My Time as a Private Prison Guard Changed the Way I See Inmates
“No one wants to be accused of being ‘inmate-friendly.’”
M. Leann Skeen
August 18, 2016
What You Need to Know About the Private Prison Phase-Out
With the feds cutting back, the companies are down but not out.
July 6, 2016
Inside the Deadly World of Private Prisoner Transport
Tens of thousands of people every year are packed into vans run by for-profit companies with almost no oversight.
April 12, 2016
The Prison Visit That Cost My Family $2,370
How loved ones bear the hidden cost of shipping inmates out of state.
June 22, 2015
Columbia students rally to get their school to divest from private prison companies.