NPR Investigation: Private Prison Companies Helped Write SB 1070 - COLORLINES
According to NPR, Corrections Corporation of America and a set of other prison groups have explicitly identified immigrant detention as a key part of their growth plan. With this in mind, ALEC helped to craft the bill, which would result in a massive increase in immigrant detention.
According to Corrections Corporation of America reports reviewed by NPR, executives believe immigrant detention is their next big market. Last year, they wrote that they expect to bring in “a significant portion of our revenues” from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that detains illegal immigrants.
In the conference room, the group decided they would turn the immigration idea into a model bill. They discussed and debated language. Then, they voted on it.
“There were no ‘no’ votes,” Pearce said. “I never had one person speak up in objection to this model legislation.”
The bill was sent out of that Hyatt conference room and back to Arizona.