NPR features an article detailing how the private prisons industry viewed the detention of undocumented immigrants as a new growth market and worked to push through Arizona’s highly contested and controversial anti-immigration legislation.
A quote from the article:
“NPR spent the past several months analyzing hundreds of pages of campaign finance reports, lobbying documents and corporate records. What they show is a quiet, behind-the-scenes effort to help draft and pass Arizona Senate Bill 1070 by an industry that stands to benefit from it: the private prison industry.
The law could send hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to prison in a way never done before. And it could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in profits to private prison companies responsible for housing them.”
Full Article: Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law