Private prison companies supported Donald Trump during the presidential campaign and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to his inaugural committee. In 2018, private prison companies were rewarded by the Trump administration. The Federal Bureau of Prisons will transfer more inmates from federal facilities to private prisons, according to a memo, sent within the Bureau.. At the same time, this year, the Federal Bureau of prisons will reduce federal correctional jobs
In 2016, the Obama administration’s justice reform policy included eliminating federal private prisons. The Office of Inspector General’s 2016 memo on private federal facilities concluded they were less safe, secure, and did not save substantial money.
However, Trump’s new attorney general, J. Sessions, announced last year, the reversal of Obama’s policies on private prison companies. Before Session’s announcement, there were already financial ties between Trump and private prison companies.
Private prison companies had financial ties to Trump’s election and inauguration. GEO Group, one of the nation’s largest for-profit prison operators, donated $250,000 to support Trump’s inaugural festivities. A Geo subsidiary contributed $250,000 to a super PAC which supported Trump for his 2016 presidential election. Another prison operator, CoreCivic, gave $250,000 to support Trump’s inauguration.
On April 13, 2017, the GEO Group was awarded a ten-year contract for a $110 million, 1,000-bed immigration detention center in Texas.
Geo with three facilities in Arizona, reported in 2017, a substantial increase in profits under President Donald Trump’s administration. The Geo Group stated that increased detentions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was the cause for its higher profits. The Geo Group received almost $800 million in Federal contracts.
GEO Group’s annual conference was held last in October, 2017, at Trump National Doral. President Donald Trump owns the Doral golf resort.
Private prison companies will benefit from Trump’s and Session’s harsh immigrant detention policies. Geo Group is finishing a 1,000 bed prison for ICE, in Conroe, Texas. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has requested information on “potential facilities to accommodate up to 15,000 beds.”Private prison companies are salivating over this new request for more beds by I.C.E.
Private prisons love President Trump.