Deprivatize George W. Hill Correctional Facility
DelcoCPR's first issue campaign is Deprivatize Delco’s Prison. George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Glen Mills is the only privately managed prison in Pennsylvania. George Hill opened in 1998 and has an 1,883 bed capacity. The vast majority of prisoners are detainees who have not yet been sentenced, many of whom are unable to make bail.
George Hill is managed by the for-profit GEO Group and has a history of unusually high numbers of suicides. Private prison companies are designed to profit from incarceration and are not incentivized to rehabilitate prisoners. Instead, they frequently cut costs by offering less programming and understaffing their facilities. Private prison management is inherently unethical and immoral; no company should profit from the incarceration of human beings and taxpayer dollars should not fund such profits.
Lack of transparency is also a problem. The public is not guaranteed access to documents such as operating budgets from private prison management companies and has no way to know how their tax dollars are being spent. It is time to Deprivatize Delco’s Prison, George Hill, and return it to public control under public oversight.
DelcoCPR is dedicated to strategizing and organizing to Deprivatize Delco’s Prison, George Hill, in 2018.
Future campaigns will be collectively determined and may include other areas of prison reform, such as fighting for better prisoner re-entry programs and reforming cash bail.