Florida, the state that gave us George Bush's first term, Creed, George Zimmerman and death metal, also headquarters the second largest for-profit prison company in the United States, GEO Group. Since opening in 1984, the operation has expanded to 98 facilities throughout the United States. Along the way, GEO Group has developed a reputation for mismanagement, human rights abuses and an insatiable appetite for maximizing profits.
Brave New Films, partnering with the ACLU and The Nation, profiled GEO Group in their short video, “Mistreating People + Lobbying = More Money,” part of their Beyond Bars series.
ROBERT GREENWALD, President and Founder of Brave New Films:
"The tragic situation in Iraq is the shattered legacy the United States leaves behind after 12 years of war and over $3 billion wasted. I am gravely saddened by these recent events. The Administration must not cave into the hawks mindless pressure for military action.
The safety and security of the United States cannot be fixed with more guns, bombs, invasions or even drones. As we've seen with a neocon approach towards our foreign policy - a one-size-fits-all solution does not work. It is merely a negligent philosophy that leads to greater destabilization in the Middle East and across the globe. It's time for the President to oppose another military intervention in Iraq and respect that now is time for negotiation and diplomacy."
Most Americans take for granted the idea that they will succeed more than their parents did. But recently many studies have shown that Americans are not as socially mobile as their European counterparts. Nowhere are the consequences of that immobility so stark than in the criminal justice system.
Eight years ago, Jazree was like any other eight-year-old hanging out with friends and experiencing important milestones of her youth. She finished Elementary school and started the emotional roller-coaster called puberty. She even started having crushes — crushes on girls. All of these experiences impacted Jazree’s future, but one experience overshadowed all others. Jazree’s dad was sentenced to seven years in prison for possession of an unloaded firearm by a felon.
Imagine you’re a judge. A 19-year-old young man named Ronald D. Evans comes before you. He has been convicted of selling drugs and your job is to sentence him fairly. If you’re like me, you’d be pretty skeptical that such a young man was a cigar-chomping, mansion-owning drug kingpin, who deserves an overly harsh penalty. But maybe you’d still conclude he deserves some prison time. Not a lot, but just enough so that the punishment fits the crime.