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Financial transparency becomes an obstacle for private prison reform

from By Michelle R. Matisons

The private prison industry is motivated by supposed relative efficiency due to facilities operating without as much public oversight as their government-owned counterparts. When the prison population swelled to over 2 million under drug prohibition policies that persist today, overcrowded facilities received negative press for violating international human rights standards. A new report from The Center for Popular Democracy verifies that while private prison facilities contain a range of violations, these institutions are significantly hindered by recent banking divestments. more

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