July 21, 2011

The Arizona SB 1070 legislation has sparked great enthusiasm from many other state legislators who want to pass similar immigration laws.  But is it not curious that Nashville had an unusually large influence on this controversial Arizona law?  CCA, also known as Corrections Corporation of America, is a Nashville based company that owns prisons and detention centers.  Managing more than 60 facilities, the CCA is now the largest partnership corrections company in the United States.

The private prison companies owned by CCA received donations from corporations and lobbyists that were members of ALEC, the conservative fiscal reform organization who drafted Arizona SB 1070.

One of the founders of CCA is none other than T. Don Hutto, whose Texas for-profit detention center by the same name was infamous for subjecting immigrants to inhumane conditions.

For more information on CCA, please visit these links:

CCA Website

CCA, immigration, and ALEC: the long-brewing national story


T. Don Hutto Fast Facts

June 22, 2011
  • The T. Don Hutto facility (located in Taylor, TX) was originally a medium security prison.  After being “converted” into an immigration detention center, it held men, women (some pregnant), children, and infants from May 2006 to September 2009. Administered by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA-“America’s Leader in Partnership Corrections”), the country’s largest for-profit corrections company, the center now holds around 500 adult women, many of whom are seeking asylum.
  • Here’s a link to America’s Family Prison, a 17 minute film about Hutto, made while it was still a “family residential detention center.”
  • In August of 2010 women inmates brought allegations of sexual assault and harassment against an employee of CCA.
  • The average cost of detaining an immigrant is approximately $122 per person/ per day. Alternatives to detention, which generally include a combination of reporting and electronic monitoring, are effective and significantly cheaper, with some programs costing as little as $12 per day. These alternatives to detention still yield an estimated 93% appearance rate before the immigration courts.
  • Every month the CCA gets around $2.8 million in federal tax dollars to run T. Don Hutto.  In 2009, CCA earned $1.67 billion in revenue with a net income of $155 million.  Here’s a link to more info on the money trail.