With our community partners, REC co-authored Private Prison Divestment: A Toolkit for Campus Organizers. Check it out!
This toolkit provides a step-by-step guide on how you as a student body can organize to dismantle the PIC by organizing a divestment campaign on your campus. We explain why divestment is critical to overcoming the profit driven criminal and immigration systems and the mechanics of getting your university to divest. We feature a case study on the historic divestment victory at Columbia University that will inform and inspire your strategy. GEO Group (GEO) and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) are driving the mass incarceration of people of color in the U.S., and internationally with G4S. In the U.S., these for profit prison companies have successfully lobbied for policies that lock Black and Brown bodies behind bars, with our tax dollars paying private companies to keep them there. With the financial assistance of their major investors, CCA and GEO will continue to lobby for policies that fuel mass incarceration and the mass detention of immigrants. By taking on private prisons, we are able to strategically target a cornerstone of the PIC.
This toolkit is provided by the Private Prison Divestment Campaign, an effort coordinated by Enlace.