Privatization of Prisons

Communities United Collective

Communities United Collective works together to address police violence, racism, discrimination and related issues in the City of Worcester, Massachusetts. We bring together people from the many diverse communities within Worcester, not as representatives of their organizations or communities, but as individuals who want to strengthen the unity in community.

Location

01608 Worcester , MA
Massachusetts US

grassroots leadership

"Grassroots Leadership fights to end for-profit incarceration and reduce reliance on criminalization and detention through direct action, organizing, research, and public education." They do visitation, run programs, monitor facilities for human rights abuses, and hold benefits and vigils, in addition to other events and campaigns.

Location

78702 Austin , TX
Texas US

Private Prison Divestment Campaign

This is the national campaign to support divestment from private prisons. Since 2011, this has been the primary campaign of Enlace, an international, multiracial alliance that does "capacity building trainings and engages in strategic campaigning for the self-determination of the working people."

Location

97292 Portland , OR
Oregon US

Restoration Project, Florence

From the website: "Restoration Project, Florence is a growing network of people both in and outside of immigration detention centers in Florence and Eloy, Arizona.

"We grew out of the work of the Restoration Project, Tucson. We work in partnership with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project to offer friendship and community support to some of their clients.   

Location

85701 Tucson , AZ
Arizona US

Smart Justice Spokane

"Smart Justice Spokane is a broad, diverse coalition of more than 30 organizations, community members, and criminal justice professionals who have come together to advocate for reform of our expensive, ineffective, and unfair criminal justice system."

Location

99201 Spokane , WA
Washington US

The Marshall Project

From the website: "The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums.

Location

10019 New York , NY
New York US

The Prison State of America

Article describes how prisons exploit incarcerated people as a source of labor:  low wages paid to incarcerated worker, high profits to private prison firms, kickbacks to state from prison contractors, lobbying by for-profit prison firms, price-gouging of incarcerated people at the commissary (company store), debt peonage, etc.