For Private Prisons, Detaining Immigrants Is Big Business

An inmate population surge in the 1980s led to the growth of for-profit prisons. Today, despite their mixed record, private prison companies are overseeing the vast majority of undocumented migrants.

During the reporting of this story, Retro Report reached out to GEO Group, CoreCivic, and ICE to ask for their perspectives on the issues raised in the piece, either through on-camera interviews or written statements. All three provided written statements in response. The responses can be found here.

  • Producer: Sarah Weiser
  • Editor: Anne Checler