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Senators Emanuel Cleaver and Luis Gutierrez - Letter re Private Prison Campaign Contributions, 2017

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EMANUEL CLEAVER, II

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FIFTH DISTRICT, MISSOURI
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March 2, 2017

Damon Hininger

CEO
CoreCivic
10 Burton Hills Blvd., Ste. 200
Nashville, TN 37215
George Zoley

CEO
The Geo Group, INC.
621 NW 53rd St #700
Boca Raton, FL 33487
Dear Messrs Hininger and Zoley,
As Members of Congress who represent districts comprised of a large number of AfricanAmerican and Latino residents, we write to express our concern regarding the recent news that
your companies donated over $350,000 to campaign, transition, and inaugural accounts aimed at
supporting the current administration, which acted swiftly after installing the newly appointed
Attorney General to reverse the well-studied decision of the Department of Justice to end the use
of private prison facilities in the federal system.
Your organizations have often publicly said that you do not support positions that lead to
enhanced incarceration, but in supporting a President who is implementing policies designed to
increase the populations of individuals in both criminal and immigration detention, you are
advocating for policies that deprive people of their liberty in order for you to increase your
profits.
We believe this is immoral and unjust, and believe that if your organizations are sincere about
trying to enhance public safety, you should be advocating as strongly as possible for criminal
justice reform and comprehensive immigration reform as you were advocating for President
Trump s election. Until we see an actual commitment from your organizations to improve the
lives of those individuals detained at your facilities, we will continue to view your business mode
with skepticism and grave concern.
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