In light of Trump’s immigration policies regarding the detainment and deportation of undocumented immigrants, private prison companies see dollar signs as the number of detainees threatens to increase. In separate interviews for Business Insider, CEOs of two large private (for-profit) prisons, CoreCivic and GEO Group, both expressed their excitement for the policy changes as a potential boost in their profits.
In the eyes of these for-profit prison companies, the most significant change in Trump’s immigration policy, is Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE’s) larger emphasis on arresting and detaining immigrants on the interior of the United States, rather than exclusively focusing on borders. Private prisons stand to gain from this policy shift, due to the difference in processing that these immigrants go through. Whereas arrests on the border usually result in a shorter detainment, those arrested in the interior are usually detained for twice as long, due to the more extensive roots that these detainees tend to have in the U.S. Although, border arrests have decreased, these interior arrests have increased dramatically, resulting in a more profitable situation for these companies.
According to Chief of Staff John Kelly, the Department of Homeland Security has allocated funds to pay for an additional 51,000 beds for interior detainees, most of which will go to for-profit prisons.
Our Verdict: Private, for-profit prisons have a long history of inhumane practices and negligence toward their prisoners. The greed voiced in the interviews of these CEOs is a despicable example of what these institutions stand for – money at the expense of ruined lives.