The United States prison industry is massive. As of 2016, there were an estimated 2.3 million people behind bars and 5 million people on probation or parole. The estimated cost of mass incarceration is $182 billion each year.
The mapping provided below shows corporate involvement in the various aspects of the prison industry.
- Facility Management
- International Facility Management
- Youth Detention and Treatment
- Prison Food, Commissary, and Other Goods
- Prison Phone Services
- Prison Video Visitation
- Medical and Mental Health Services
- Transportation Services
- Community Corrections
- Private Probation
- Supervision and Surveillance Equipment
- Banking and Financial Services
- Prison Labor
The private prison industry causes human misery through its operation and increases mass incarceration through its political influence. It includes hundreds of companies, many of which are very small, and relatively few publicly-traded companies. Our investment screening tool highlights and profiles the main publicly-traded companies in the industry. In addition, we hope to contribute to the larger movement to end mass incarceration by providing information on all profiteers, including the ones that are privately owned.
We endeavor to make this information as comprehensive and current as possible, and we update it regularly. However, we cannot guarantee that all of the information available in our database is up-to-date. It is, therefore, the responsibility of users of this site to verify information received as a result of their use of this tool. If you believe that there is information that is missing or that needs to be updated, please let us know.
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