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Private Prisons & the Trump Administration




The Trump administration has more than doubled, the money given to the biggest private prison companies in the United States, with the majority of taxpayer’s money, incarcerating immigrants. In the first 11 months of 2019, the Trump administration has allocated almost $600 million, to The GEO Group, a for-profit prison company. This is more than double the amount received by the GEO Group from the Obama administration in 2014.

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.

Although the incarceration rate in the United States is declining, as reported by the Department of Justice in April, the Trump administration increased funds for private prison companies (i.e. GEO Group).

Private prison companies supported Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to his inaugural committee. Starting in 2017, private prison companies  were rewarded by the Trump administration.

Trump’s first attorney general, J. Sessions, reversed 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 2016 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, such as the GEO Group, are now benefiting from Trump’s harsh immigrant detention policies.

Detained Immigrant Children

Private prisons love President Trump.

By: Bradley Schwartz
Founder of
Prison consultant


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