ANNOUNCEMENT: 9/21 Conference Call to Highlight Political Strategies of Private Prisons Companies

As part of NACDL's State Criminal Justice Network National Advocacy Conversations on Developing Legislation/Litigation, JPI has been invited to focus on our recent report, Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies on a conference call on Wednesday, September 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., EST.

Please send an email to if you are interested in participating to receive the call-in number and code. You do not need to be an NACDL member to participate.

This discussion will be led by Paul Ashton, JPI's Research Assistant and author of Gaming the System. He will be joined by Gail Tyree, a Florida advocate with over 30 years of Labor and Community organizing experience. Tyree is a 2011 Soros Justice Fellow working to create a network of organizations and individuals in the southeast who have the skills and expertise to respond quickly and effectively to stop for-profit prisons, jails or detention centers from moving into their communities.  

Gaming the System explores how private prison companies may try to present themselves as solely meeting existing demand for prison beds and responding to current market conditions, but they have in fact worked over the past decade to create markets for their services. As revenues of private prison companies have grown over the past decade, the companies have had more resources with which to build political power, and they have used this power to promote policies that lead to higher rates of incarceration.

NACDL's conversations are designed to inform criminal defense lawyers and activists across the country on a variety of criminal justice issues. Key to the conversations is informing participants of any legislation or litigation pending that seeks progressive reform on the issue, and/or serves as a call to action for advocates interested in developing strategies for legislative reform or litigious efforts in their jurisdictions. Following the presentation, participants may ask questions and offer updates as it relates to legislation, litigation and advocacy.   

Please email to receive the conference call number and code. We hope you can join us.