In the latest from The CJ Project, Sarah Macaraeg reports on private prisons profiting off detentions in the state of New Mexico. Like thousands of immigrants detained since the start of this year, Navarro, pictured left, soon found himself locked up inside a complex run by CoreCivic, the country’s second-largest for-profit prison. CoreCivic’s percentage of total revenue from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) more than doubled from 2014 to 2016, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings show. Per contracts and billing documents obtained through New Mexico’s public records act, CoreCivic will be paid $150 million for detaining immigrants at Cibola County Correctional Center over the course of a five-year arrangement with county officials and ICE that amounts to a no-bid contract with the federal government.
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