Largest Prison-Owning Corporation Issues Massive Dividend of $675 Million to Sharedholders

Largest Prison-Owning Corporation Issues Massive Dividend of $675 Million to Sharedholders

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If you want to make money these days, owning stock in a prison company is the place to do it.  The confinement of human beings, while selling their cheap labor to companies seeking to save on labor costs has become a cash cow.  One company that has benefited handsomely from the profit boom is the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).

CCA is the largest owner of private prisons in the nation, behind only the federal government and three states. The company just announced that it’s Board of Directors has declared a special dividend to shareholders of $675 million dollars.

The company can pay its shareholders so well because it is rolling in money.  The prison population has spiked since the Sentencing Reform Act of 1986, which created long prison sentences for those charged with the possession or distribution of drugs.  Those hardest hit have been African Americans.

NAACP President Ben Jealous spoke to the matter recently when he announced his group’s plans to join Dr. Boyce Watkins, Russell Simmons and 175 scholars, activists and celebrities who are calling for an end to mass incarceration and the War on Drugs.   The United States has just five percent of the world’s population, yet it houses 25% of the nation’s prisoners.   Jealous says that it’s time for the nation to get smart on crime:

More than 500,000 of the 2.3 million people behind bars in the U.S. are incarcerated for nothing more than a non-violent drug offense. And over 40% of them are people of color. Although rates of drug use and selling are comparable across racial and ethnic lines, blacks and Latinos are far more likely to be criminalized for drug law violations than whites. One in nine black children has an incarcerated parent, compared to one in 28 Latino children and one in 57 white children.

 

The CCA operates a total of 67 prison facilities throughout the United States, with a total capacity of 92,500 beds in 20 states and the District of Columbia.  The company was heavily criticized for offering to buy prisons in 48 states, in exchange for a guaranteed occupancy rate of at least 90%.

 

 

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  2. Nothing about this said Jordan invested his money in this stock

  3. Where did he invest? I'm not seeing it

  4. All yall have to do is Google it. Michael jordan did invest in private prisons. Any one can do it. TDC which stands for texas department of criminal justice is in the stock market as we live today. Texas has more prisons in the world. Anyone with money can invest. Just buy out sum farms and put them same farmers to work as correction officers and there u go. U raise d economy. And soon a city gets built around dat prison. But yet id be damned. Tired of these money hungry people that love to see us locked up as far as our future generation. The more prisons they build the more eager they are to put us in them. But the day will come where all theyre prisons will crumble. That is when the king of kings returns. May god redeem all those who have been oppressed according to their ways.

  5. It was NOT Jordan the ball player…

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