By the Numbers: America's Growing For-Profit Detention Industry 

Corrections Corporation of America, which operates Idaho Correctional Center made $1.7 billion in 2011.

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…

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