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Private Prison Divestment

The Prison Divestment campaign calls on universities to divest from the privatized prison industry. The campaign aims to break the political power of private prison companies like GEO Group, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and G4S, which lobby for policies that criminalize and incarcerate immigrants, communities of color, poor people, and working class people. Major victories include prison divestment at Columbia University (June 2015), University of California (December 2015), and California State University Los Angeles (February 2016).

Resources

REC's Prison Divestment Overview

More Relevant Studies and Articles

Banking On Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration by ACLU

Prisoners Of Profit by Chris Kirkham, Huffington Post

Locked Up & Shipped Away: Interstate Prison Transfers and the Private Prison Industry by Holly Kirby, Grassroots Leadership

Criminal: How Lockup Quotas and "Low Crime Taxes" Guarantee Profits for Private Prison Corporations by In the Public Interest 

Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies by Justice Policy Institute 

5 Links Between Higher Education and the Private Prison Industry by Hannah K. Gold, Rolling Stone

Agenda from Miami Prison Divestment Youth Retreat, August 15-17 2014.

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