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The legalization of cannabis gives rise to a new industry that spends money in Washington to further its interests. But they will be competing against the big money groups which benefit from the continued prohibition of marijuana. Read more»

A four-year investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Texas has uncovered "pervasive and disturbing" problems within private prisons that hold immigrants for the federal prison system, including excessive use of solitary confinement, dangerous sanitary conditions, and delayed medical care. Read more» 1

The unnecessary prosecution of nonviolent illegal immigrants is sending ever larger numbers to poorly managed private prisons, a coalition of advocacy groups said, calling on Congress to reject $25.8 million for 1,000 new private prison beds. Read more»

An illustration of an immigration detention center by the Applied Research Center, a racial justice think tank.

The detention business goes beyond just criminal prisoners; nearly half of all immigrant detainees are now held in privately run detention facilities. Here's a look at the billion-dollar and wide-ranging for-profit detention industry—and the two companies that dominate the market: Read more»

This week, both the Los Angeles Times and The Nation put the spotlight on a little-known conservative nonprofit that creates "model" state legislation that often make its way into law. The organization has helped craft some of the most controversial—and industry-friendly—legislation of recent years, including Arizona's SB 1070. Read more»