Private Prison Company Fined $1.1 Million For Understaffing New Mexico Prison

Concerns that private prison companies’ profit motives would adversely affect our nation’s penitentiaries were confirmed this week as New Mexico fined GEO Group for not hiring enough corrections officers at its Hobbs facility. GEO, which owns three prisons in New Mexico, will pay $1.1 million in fines, along with an additional $200,000 next year to recruit more workers. The incident occurred despite GEO’s “$1.2 billion in earnings and $58.8 million in profit through the first nine months of this year.” A new report from the ACLU has more about the negative effects of the burgeoning private prison industry.