What is CCA?


The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is the nation’s oldest and largest private prison company. Founded in 1983, CCA now operates 91,000 beds at 66 correctional and detention facilities in 20 states and the District of Columbia. CCA posted record revenues of over $1.7 billion in 2011.


CCA, like its competitors, generates revenue through contracts with federal and state agencies to house prisoners and detainees that would otherwise be held in public facilities.  The company is generally paid a daily rate per person to incarcerate inmates at facilities which CCA either owns or manages on behalf of government entities.  In 2010, one-half of CCA’s revenue came from contracts with state governments.  Another 43 percent was generated through contracts with three federal agencies: the Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


CCA makes profit by attacking immigrant families.

CCA profits from depriving hard-working families of their liberty, violating our basic human rights. While CCA’s immigration detention centers bring the company hundreds of millions of dollars each year, they cause enormous suffering and hardship for detainees and their families. By 2009, nearly 20 percent of individuals in federal immigration detention were housed in a CCA facility, generating $195 million dollars in revenue for the company.

CCA buys political power.

CCA actively manipulates public policy, spending millions each year on lobbying and campaign donations to candidates for political office. CCA benefits from and contributes to a climate of hate, racism and criminalization and advocates for legislation such as Arizona’s SB 1070 which targets immigrant communities and sends more people to its prisons.

CCA has devastated communities in Arizona and across the nation.

CCA’s presence in Arizona has severely damaged the health of our communities, our families and our youth. CCA actively supported Arizona’s SB 1070 which has displaced tens of thousands of people, created a climate of fear mistrust and destabilized local institutions and communities. CCA’s facilities in Arizona separate thousands of families from their loved ones every year, taking an enormous emotional toll and undermining the integrity and strength of Arizona’s communities.


Read the Corazón de Tucson report about CCA to learn more about the company’s abuse of prisoners in its facilities, manipulation of the political process and degradation of community health in Arizona.

Read the In These Times article about CCA’s involvement in passing Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB 1070.

Read the American Friends Service Committee report on Arizona’s private prisons, including CCA’s six facilities in the state.

Visit our RESOURCES section for many more sources of information about CCA.


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