Not All Private Prisons are the Same

By Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow

At the National Black Chamber of Commerce we change lives through our Project Rebound program, designed to place at-risk applicants into meaningful jobs where they can contribute to society. I am pleased to report that we recently visited another place that changes lives for the better, a most unexpected place: a detention center. Two of them, actually.

When you turn on the news today, it seems everybody is bashing private prisons. They cause mass incarceration and cage children at the border, the saying goes, and take poor care of those in their custody.

Since I have a background in Corrections and have been in a dozen prisons, I decided to see for myself.

My wife Kay and I were recently part of a group that visited the Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach, FL, and the South Bay Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility in South Bay, FL. Both are managed by the GEO Group, a corrections firm that has had its share of negative headlines.

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