Stand with Florida Atlantic University Students Against For-Profit Prisons

Last week, the administration of Florida Atlantic University raised eyebrows when officials announced that they had sold the naming rights to the school’s new football stadium to the GEO Group, the nation’s second-largest private prison company. (The GEO Group’s CEO George Zoley is an FAU alum, and the company is based in Boca Raton, Florida, one mile away from the FAU campus.)

Private prisons are immoral, Orwellian institutions. To combat any trend against growing levels of incarceration, they spend millions on lobbying to make sure that “the War on Drugs”, “three strikes” laws and the incarceration of undocumented immigrants, remain the rule of the land. Moreover, the GEO Group is a particularly egregious company. Describing one of its juvenile jails in Mississippi, a judge called GEO Group’s facilities “a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions” and "a picture of such horror as should be unrealized anywhere in the civilized world" and ordered mass transfers out of the prison and ordered the company to stop locking children in solitary confinement.

Join The Nation in asking FAU President Mary Jane Saunders and the Board of Trustees to reverse their deal with GEO Group.

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