Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Private Prison Corporation withdraws $6 million Donation to Name Football Stadium
It has been reported that private prison corporation GEO Group, which maintains a strategic partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to oversee deportation detention jails, has withdrawn a $6 million dollar donation it made to Florida Atlantic University to obtain naming rights for the university's football stadium.
This move comes in response to mobilized efforts and criticisms from students, faculty, alumni, and civil rights groups that protested allegations of abuse at GEO Group run prisons. Opponents of the donation came up with their own name for the stadium "Owlkatraz" after the school's mascot. A federal judge has called one of GEO Group's prisons "a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions."