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All banking partners to private prison leader GEO Group to stop funding private prisons

Eight major banks have announced their commitment to ending their support of the immigration detention center and private prison industry.

California bans private prisons

The legislation is being hailed as a major victory for criminal justice reform because it removes the profit motive from incarceration.

PNC Bank will no longer finance private prisons that profit from mass incarceration and immigrant detention

This decision was announced in the wake of a petition directed at PNC circulating from the Families Belong Together coalition of over 250 activist groups, representing over 11 million people.

Denver City Council kills contracts with private prison giants

Taking an extraordinary stand against the nation's two largest private prison companies, GEO Group and CoreCivic, Denver City Council voted not to renew contracts with them worth a cumulative $10.6 million.

Barclays cuts finance ties with private prisons

Barclays Plc will stop providing future financing to companies that manage private prisons and immigration holding facilities, joining other major lenders in shunning the industry.

First Step Act frees many formerly incarcerated individuals from Bureau of Prisons custody

The First Step Act, a bipartisan criminal justice reform law passed in Congress last year, was the catalyst for the release of more than 3,100 formerly incarcerated individuals from federal custody on July 19.

New report finds raising the minimum wage reduces prison recidivism

Economics professors found that a minimum wage increase of $.50 an hour reduced the chance that a person would end up back in prison within a year by 2.8%.

Mark Zuckerberg’s massive share sales will support prison reform and other progressive causes

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced last week that he would sell up to 75 million shares -- worth around $12 billion at current market value -- in the next 18 months to fund his private investment company, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

New York City divests pension funds entirely from private prisons

New York City has become the first government in the U.S. to divest its pension funds from private prisons.

U.S. prisons ordered to appoint LGBT employee reps

The order requires that more than 120 prisons hold at least one event a year to educate and inform staff about LGBT diversity and designate an LGBT program manager to monitor equal opportunity programs.

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