After the federal government announced it would no longer use private prisons to house federal inmates, the Corrections Corporation of America is changing its name, but continues its same old mission. Beginning next year, CCA will be renamed CoreCivic, completely eliminating any mention of corrections or their core mission of incarceration for profit.
Now, just two months after the federal announcement that sent CCA stock into a tailspin, the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says it is seeking 5,000 new private prison beds to house immigrants in its custody before deportation.
In Ohio, the Department of Homeland Security is pursuing a contract with CCA to house people in the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC) in Youngstown.
Since ICE began contracting with the two largest private prison corporations, CCA and GEO Group, hundreds of thousands of immigrants have been held in these private detention centers. During their detention, immigrants have been subjected to abuse and mistreatment. Incarcerating thousands of immigrants in a private prison before deporting them is unjust and moves Ohio in the wrong direction.
Join the ACLU in opposing the use of these private prisons as private detention centers.
Urge your local legislators to oppose the use of prisons for profit and to stop the Youngstown prison from becoming an ICE detention center. Take action here.
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