GEO Group and CoreCivic Announce Launch of New Private Prison Advocacy Group
GEO Group and CoreCivic, the country’s two largest private prison companies, announced the launch of a new group to advocate for private prisons and detention facilities. The announcement came as reports broke of abuse allegations against a guard employed by CoreCivic, accused of physically assaulting a five year old boy.
Families Belong Together Chair Jess Morales Rocketto released the following statement:
“Don’t be fooled: This is an effort to defend a multi-billion dollar industry that regularly gouges American taxpayers and take attention away from the conditions in these jails. The private prison industry has a long and documented history of abusing people in their care—just today, reports surfaced that a private prison guard assaulted a five-year-old inside a camp in Texas. The industry is on the front lines of the administration’s racist attack on people fleeing violence and poverty, and we will not rest until all children and families are treated with the dignity and care they deserve.”
The Families Belong Together coalition includes nearly 250 different groups comprising tens of thousands of Americans from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight the Trump Administration’s cruel family separation and anti-immigrant agenda. Led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn, the ACLU, FWD.us and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Families Belong Together coalition organized the National Day of Action that saw hundreds of thousands of people protest the family separation policy and other inhumane immigration policies at more than 780 events in all 50 states. The coalition is at the forefront of the fight to permanently end family separation and incarceration, immediately reunite all families who remain torn apart, reverse the Trump administration’s zero-humanity policy that created this crisis, and hold accountable anyone who has profited politically or financially from the suffering of these families.