Private Prisons

Emails show how private firms profit from ICE detention centers
Documents provide rare glimpse into dealings between private detention companies and government officials

Razor wire is strung along the U.S. and Mexican sides of a port of entry in El Paso, Texas, in August. (Jinitzail Hernández/CQ Roll Call file photo)

On Feb. 6, 2019, Jill Grant, chief financial officer of Immigration Centers of America, emailed the town treasurer of Farmville, Virginia, where her company operates an immigrant detention center.

“I’m feeling lucky today so I wanted to check on our funds. Has anything shown up?” she wrote.

Private Prison Companies Continue Giving to Senate Candidates
Geo Group's campaign contributions have increased sixfold since 2012

At this Adelanto, California, facility managed by The GEO Group, Immigration and Customs Enforcement houses an average of 1,100 immigrants awaiting case decisions or deportation. (John Moore/Getty Images file photo)

The political arm of a controversial company that wants to continue operating private prisons for the federal government has dramatically increased its donations to Senate candidates.

Those donations from the political action committee for the GEO Group, one of the nation’s largest private prison companies, have expanded sixfold this campaign season, compared to the 2012 cycle, from $22,000 to around $136,000. That’s based on a Roll Call analysis of the most recently available campaign contribution data from the Center for Responsive Politics.