GEO Withdraws $6 Million Stadium Deal Amidst Public Outcry

Screen Shot 2013-02-19 at 4.14.56 PMThere will be no more private prison sponsorship on the FAU stadium.  Apparently the corporate prison industry is not so proud of their work after all.  The GEO Group offered $6 million to name Florida Atlantic’s football stadium after their company, and the public promptly called it “Owlcatraz.”  The world’s largest imprisonment profiteer, who lobby state and federal legislators (and donate to their campaigns) to create more prisoners, apparently are not so beloved by the general public.

This “coming out” for GEO is actually a good thing.  More people need to understand who  these corporations are, how they make their money, and how brazen they’ve become.  Meanwhile, GEO and others need to know that the public is ready to revoke their right to exist as a profit-making entity.

State legislators have given corporations the right to own humans, and be compensated by the taxpayers.  Perhaps this momentum can turn to look at that little detail.


About Bruce Reilly

Bruce Reilly is the Deputy Director of Voice of the Ex-Offender in New Orleans, LA. He is a graduate of Tulane Law School and author of NewJack's Guide to the Big House. Much of his writing can be found on
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