How Private Prisons Are Benefiting From Trump's Hardline Immigrations


When the nascent Trump administration in February 2017 rescinded a months-old, Obama-era Department of Justice directive to stop using private prisons, the move raised eyebrows.

To the Campaign Legal Center, the move was beyond suspicious — and the watchdog group immediately took action to get answers about the DOJ’s reversal.

“Our overarching concern is that the GEO Group has bought influence with the Trump administration,” Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform at the Campaign Legal Center, said in an interview. “There’s a direct connection between GEO Group’s [contributions] and a policy goal that would directly benefit its bottom line.”

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