Criminal Justice

ACLU of Ohio Takes Action to End Federal Prison Privatization in Youngstown


The ACLU of Ohio is urging the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to end its contract to house immigration prisoners with the private, for-profit prison company Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC) in Youngstown. NEOCC’s contract to house immigration detainees expires in 2015. The call to drop the contract comes after the release of a new ACLU national report Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private Prison System.

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Prisons for profit are a multi-billion-dollar industry that depends on, and profits from, our national addiction to incarceration. Handing control of prisons over to for-profit corporations is a recipe for abuse, neglect, and misconduct. Private prisons create dangerous atmospheres with a severe lack of oversight and do little to encourage rehabilitation.

The ACLU of Ohio will continue to monitor this private prison and its treatment of incarcerated people.