Backroom Deals in Arizona Enrich Private Prison at Taxpayer Expense, by Olivia Sandbothe, AFSCME
A private prison corporation already rakes in $45 million in taxpayer dollars each year in the state of Arizona, with a contract that virtually guarantees the company fat profits no matter how it actually performs. But that wasn’t enough for the GEO Group, as a recent flap in the Statehouse reveals.
The GEO Group operates 59 private prisons across the United States, making it the nation’s sixth-largest prison system. Last year the group turned $115 million in profits and paid its CEO nearly $5 million. But they didn’t get there through healthy competition or better business practices. . . .