Title

The criminalization of immigration and the privatization of the immigration detention: implications for justice

Publication Date

6-1-2013

Document Type

Article

Abstract

In recent decades, the criminalization of immigration and the use of private prisons have increased in popularity. The criminalization of immigration and the privatization of prisons work hand in hand in shaping the American criminal justice response to immigration. Privatization creates a powerful opportunity for the social construction of the undocumented immigrant into a powerful potential source of revenue for for-profit corporations. Private prison corporations, such as Corrections Corporation of American and The GEO Group, stand to profit significantly from the private immigration detention center. Several investigative reports have focused on how these companies stand to profit, but little attention has been given to the psychosocial consequences that impact immigrant detainees and their families.

Publication Title

Contemporary Justice Review

Volume

16

Issue

2

First Page

251

Last Page

263

DOI

10.1080/10282580.2013.798506

Version

pre-print, post-print

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