The Prison-Industrial Complex

Opposition to the GEO Group is more than being upset that our tax dollars are being funneled into private corporations.  Many of those who are in opposition to private prisons are also in opposition to the prison industrial complex (PIC) as a whole.  Here are some resources to help you learn more about private prisons and their role in the prison industrial complex.


Wikipedia’s Prison-Industrial Complex page
This includes writings on history, economics, prison abolition, race and gender, immigration, along with media and references.

Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extended its life or scope.”

“The Chicago Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) Teaching Collective is an all-volunteer group that organizes interactive workshops, film screenings, and trainings which aim to inspire action.  We also produce educational materials and resources.  We provide opportunities for youth and adults to explore issues related to mass incarceration.  We focus on practical steps to inspire, inform, and enable action, and on how to develop workable alternatives.”

Prison Legal News (PLN), a project of the non-profit Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), publishes a monthly magazine and website on criminal justice issues and prison and jail-related civil litigation. PLN has published continuously since 1990 and covers a wide range of topics that include prison labor, rape and sexual abuse, misconduct by prison and jail staff, prisoners’ constitutional rights, racial and socioeconomic disparities in our criminal justice system, medical and mental health care for prisoners, disenfranchisement, rehabilitation and recidivism, prison privatization, prison and jail phone rates, women prisoners, the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), prison censorship, the death penalty, solitary confinement and control units. HRDC coordinates the campaign to Stop Prison Profiteering.

The Real Cost of Prisons Project seeks to broaden and deepen the organizing capacity of prison/justice activists working to end mass incarceration. The Real Cost of Prisons Project brings together justice activists, artists, justice policy researchers and people directly experiencing the impact of mass incarceration to create popular education materials and other resources which explore the immediate and long-term costs of incarceration on the individual, her/his family, community and the nation.”

The Sentencing Project
Research and Advocacy for Reform

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