Saturday, March 1, 2008

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) spending fortune lobbying for private prisons

The Corrections Corporation of America (referred to as CCA) is the largest private corrections corporation in the US. Based out of Nashville, they once made a bid to operate the entire Tennessee prison system.

This Associated Press article available on the Forbes website gives some idea of what CCA spends in its lobbying.

Corrections Corp. Spends $2.5M to Lobby
Associated Press 02.20.08, 10:46 AM ET

Corrections Corp. of America spent almost $2.5 million in 2007 to lobby on legislation and regulations related to the private prison industry.

The prison management company spent more than $1.1 million in the second half of 2007 to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form posted online Thursday by the Senate's public records office.

The company lobbied on the privatization of Bureau of Indian Affairs prisons and on the Public Safety Act, which would outlaw private prisons, as well as the Private Prison Information Act, which would force private prisons to make public the same information government jails must provide.

Corrections Corp. spent more than $1.3 million in the first six months of 2007 to lobby on similar issues.

In addition to lobbying Congress, the company also lobbied the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor and Office of Management and Budget.

To learn more about CCA, please reference Texas Prison Bidness' article covering a recent suicide at CCA's Henderson unit or Grassroots Leadership's article covering the last 20 years of CCA's development.