At the end of 2009, over 7 million people in the US were on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole.
The November Coalition
The Flourishing Private Prison Industry
The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners.
Incarcerations Rates By Country
Since 1970, the prison population has increased by 700%!
CCA gave $106,614 to federal candidates in the 2006 election through its political action committee – 15% to Democrats and 85% to Republicans. I can’t find this stat, but here are there contributions for 2010: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9OTkxMzB8Q2hpbGRJRD0tMXxUeXBlPTM=&t=1
CCA spent well over $2 million for lobbying in 2007.
CCA was also a major financial backer of the 2009 anti-immigration law in Arizona and according to internal documents CCA believes that imprisoning illegal immigrants will bring in “a significant portion of our revenues.” http://lake.typepad.com/on-the-lake-front/2010/12/cca-private-prisons-and-az-immigration-law.html