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    What Does Trump's Support for Private Prison Mean for Illegal Immigrants

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    US private prison stocks have soared following Donald Trump's victory. The stocks for CoreCivic, the biggest private prison in the US, were up by nearly 60%. The GEO Group, went up by about 30%. Radio Sputnik spoke with Dr. Michael Hallett, Chairman of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida.

    Donald Trump had indicated a tough stance on illegal immigrants in the United States. On the other hand, Clinton had expressed a desire to abolish all private prison contracts during the presidential campaign. However, the fact that Hillary was not elected gives new hope to private prison industry.

    Hallett said that if Trump implements policies against illegal immigration it will involve a process of detention and deportation of the immigrants.

    “That puts the industry on a new footing. Immigration has been one of the key planks of Trump’s platform to be elected as president and certainly the process of capturing, containing and detaining illegal immigrants would involve at least a brief period of custody. So that gives new hope to the industry,” the chairman said.

    He further said that people who are in the US as illegal immigrants do not have the same rights asUS citizens do. Consequently, it makes it much easier to detain and deal with people who are in the US illegally.

    “President Obama himself deported a record number of illegal immigrants in the US, although it hasn’t been reported nearly as aggressively. In fact, as recently as 2014, the Obama administration issued a $1 billion four year contract to Correction Corporation of America to deal specifically with immigrants from Central America,” Hallett said.

    He further spoke about the private prison companies and how they operate.

    “The private prison industry started in the early 1980’s in the United States in the aftermath of declaring a war on drugs, prosecuting illegal drug dealers as a crime, prisons became over crowded.”

    Hallett further said, “It was basically a situation of supply and demand. So a private industry emerged, which proposed to house convicted offenders for profit and introduce private corporate owned prison cells. Ever since, it has been blooming and they say it is a recession proof industry.”

    The chairman further said it is a very lucrative business and particularly housing an immigrant has a large profit.

    “Private corporations run several facilities that were built by the government but they were managed by the private corporation under a lease. In other cases, private prison corporations have built actual prisons to house local offenders. However, the empirical researches on these prisons have been fairly negative,” he said.

    US private prison stocks have soared following Donald Trump's victory. This comes as many traders expect Trump to reverse the decision Obama made in August: the President prohibited the use of privately run facilities to house federal prisoners.

    Obama also rejected the companies' desire to play a bigger role in immigration-related detention. In June, Trump came out in support of private prisons, saying that they seem to him “to work a lot better.”

    He also spoke of deporting all 11 million undocumented immigrants who live in the US. The analysts suggest that Trump’s views on prison privatization are likely to bring prosperity to this controversial industry.


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    • avatar
      FEMA camps
    • avatar
      Won't be so easy. They sneak and hide. But may help.
      Private prison's are famous for been inhumane.
      They give the cheapest services. According to humanitarian groups , they make services highly un available. Including less staff. they may try to keep everyone locked 23 hrs a day and even get meals in their cells. Many thought of frozen foods. The could be have in the areas and gotten with ID of jailed people.
      For some reason, humanitarian groups refuse the use of frozen foods. While people concerned say that frozen foods are fresher and less processed than the rest. Even more ripe.
      I checked frozen foods and is true. They taste better and more are fresh.
      IF taken ripe and frozen fast.
      Other than wash, they are real fresh.
      So all depend who we ask.
      Private prison's are good and bad. Investors want cash. Meaning new ways to hit a pot.
      In U.S jailed people lawsuits soar every year.
      Private or not, the lawsuits will have to be paid.
      Thanks to New York ATTICA RIOT.
      President then asked to keep calm and let me solve it..

      The governor warden sent in the national guard etc.
      The revenge from Whit House?
      Open the courts to prisons. Today they lost many many attempts to close the courts, and not buy a law library. All jails MUST have a law library with extremely expensive books and equipment.
      Since then not a single day goes by without a few lawsuits going in. Many are frivolous.
      But not all.
      States pay millions daily on such lawsuits.
      They even try to get the cash to pay for they stay in jails!!! NOPE. It did not work.
      Perhaps, next time they let the president take care of the issues.
      They may ask TRUMP to reverse the law. And even may inmates pay for the stay.
      In New York they passed such law, and took the home of inmates and all cash and property under such umbrella. Inmates fought and won.They had to reverse all and pay many many MANY millions in damage. And to the families of inmates too.

      This make private prisons, a problem. Unless they given immunity on paying and the states be responsible. In case of federal jails, the warden HAVE ALL THE POWER.
      Inmates get no visits for years after any small infraction. Inhumane.
      Makes them worst.
      And I read that with so many budget cuts, inmates are eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

      Private prisons are not so great for all ends. But who knows,. He may enhance investments. He LOVES investments.
      TRUMP enterprises live OFF investments too.
    • Marc Nonnenkamp
      If existing immigration laws were enforced, there would be no need for a wall or more prisons. Most countries on earth have very strict and highly selective immigration laws. The only exceptions to this prudence has been in the USA and in the EU. The whole mentality of so-called "entitlement" must come to an end.
    • avatar
      I just read an article saying that the "private prisons" were going to be disbanded because the cost was twice or thrice what it used to cost the government. Of course the private prison scam is just a money-maker for the investors, but Trump strikes me as the kind of person who, if he was wrong about something and enlightened on the subject, would be willing to change his mind. He's not stuck in one gear in other words. Of course, right now ALL of Trumps point of view is pure speculation anyway since there's no track record whatsoever of his actions, except for being incredibly gifted in the realm of real estate, a billionaire, and has a beautiful wife and family.
    • avatar
      no more chinese workers for the US industry. Private prison built by taxpayers and the profit for private prison industry and ....Apple, Nike.,...new slaves under cover....Great America again.!!
    • OP.
      Private jail for illegals - not bad. But did they hear about private gas chambers for immigrants? It should work better!!! :-) :-) :-)
    • avatar
      and the us is called the 'prison state' by some.
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