In this view looking out from the condemned inmate's holding cell at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif., Thursday, June 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

By The Numbers: The U.S.’s Growing For-Profit Detention Industry

The growth of the private detention industry has long been a subject of scrutiny. A recent eight-part series in the New Orleans Times-Picayune chronicled how more than half of Louisiana’s 40,000 inmates are housed in prisons run by sheriffs or private companies as part of a broader financial incentive scheme. The detention business goes beyond […]

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