By the Numbers: The U.S.’s Growing For-Profit Detention Industry by Suevon Lee ProPublica, June 20, 2012, 3:41 p.m.http://www.propublica.org/article/by-the-numbers-the-u.s.s-growing-for-profit-detention-industry
[Excerpted] The growth of the private detention industry has long been a subject of scrutiny. A recent eight-part series in the New Orleans Times-Picayune  chronicled how more than half of Louisiana’s 40,000 inmates are housed in prisons run by sheriffs or private companies as part of a broader financial incentive scheme. The detention business goes beyond just criminal prisoners.
As a Huffington Post investigation pointed out last month, nearly half of all immigrant detainees  are now held in privately run detention facilities. Just this week, the New York Times delved into lax oversight  at industrial-sized but privately run halfway houses in New Jersey.
1.6 million: Total number of state and federal prisoners in the United States as of December 2010, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics 
128,195: Number of state and federal prisoners housed in private facilities as of December 2010
37: percent by which number of prisoners in private facilities increased  between 2002 and 2009
...33,330: Estimated size of detained immigrant population as of 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
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