GEO Group



GEO Group was created in 2003. Previously it was part of the Wackenhut corporation. It runs private prisons, immigration detention centers and mental health care facilities as well as rehabilitation and reintegration services. It runs over 100 facilities in the U.S. with a capacity of over 80,000 inmates.

Several civil suits have been brought against GEO Group over inmates’ injuries due to riots and poor treatment. American Civil Liberties Union has accused the company of torturing whistleblowers at its private immigration detention facility in Aurora, Colorado. It has also been accused of for forcing detainees to work for minimal wages as low as $1 a day. In March 2023, a Washington state jury ordered the comnpany to pay $17.3 million in back wages to inmates.


Security services, security technology, risk management, assessment and consulting, custody, detention, rehabilitation and care services.


employment-related offenses$7,283,46533
competition-related offenses$4,550,0001
safety-related offenses$81,3668
environment-related offenses$52,9732

(December 18, 2022)

Number of Records
Total Penalties
$11,967,804 (December 18, 2022)
Information in this section is drawn from the Violation Tracker database produced by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First in Washington DC. It is the most comprehensive source of data on business violations of laws and regulations in the United States. For specific examples of misconduct, please click on the links.


Article Archive

Five Reasons South Florida's Pro-Trump Private-Prison Company Is Evil

Published by
Miami New Times

You shouldn't be able to turn a profit from imprisoning people. That seems obvious. The basic goal of the American criminal-justice system should be to eradicate crime — but multibillion-dollar private-prison systems can't earn big profits if there's no crime.

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Violence, Abuse, and Death at For-Profit Prisons: A GEO Group Rap Sheet

Published by
PR Watch
Brendan Fischer

This week CMD launched a new web resource, OutsourcingAmericaExposed, where we will detail the privatizers and profiteers selling out our democracy. The website will be populated with "rap sheets" or corporate profiles of America's top outsourcing companies.

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Videos & Podcasts
Mistreating People + Lobbying = More Money - Prison Documentary - BRAVE NEW FILMS (BNF)
Activists Nationwide Aim to Disrupt GEO Group Today for Profiting off Jailing & Separating Families
Settlement favors detainees over ICE and GEO Group to keep COVID-19 protections
  • Captive Market: The Politics of Private Prisons in America by Anna Gunderson (2022)
  • Inside Private Prisons by Lauren-Brooke Eisen (2019)
  • Punishment for Sale: Private Prisons, Big Business, and the Incarceration Binge by Donna Selman (2010)
  • Private Prisons in America by Michael A. Hallett (2006) 
  • Prison, Inc. by K.C. Carceral (2005) 
Other Key Sources
  • Business and Human Rights Resource Centre's profile on GEO Group - UK-based Business and Human Rights Resource Centre is an NGO that employs researchers on five continents who work with activists, companies and governments alike to advance human rights in business by eradicating abuse.
  • Corporate Watch's profile on GEO Group - Corporate Watch (a separate organisation from Corpwatch) is a research group that helps people stand up against corporations and capitalism
  • American Friends Service Committee's profile on GEO Group - AFSC works for a just, peaceful, and sustainable world free of violence, inequality, and oppression. We join with people and partners worldwide to meet urgent community needs, challenge injustice, and build peace.
  • Source Watch's profile on GEO Group - Source Watch provides well-documented information about corporate public relations (PR) campaigns, including corporate front groups, people who "front" corporate campaigns, and PR operations.


Recent & Ongoing Campaigns
GEO Group

Private Corrections Working Group

Here you will find the latest in news, reports and resources on correctional privatization from around the world. This service is provided to inform our members, legislators and the public about the problems with for-profit private corrections.

US investors confront home truths about private prison holdings

Financial Times | Leke Oso Alabi | February 27, 2020 

Asset managers and pension funds are being confronted with tough questions about their investments in US private prison providers, as the issue re-emerges as a hot political topic in the race for the White House. 

Are Private Prisons in Trouble?

Brennan Center for Justice | Lauren-Brooke Eisen | November 18, 2019 

Caught in a unique political moment, state governments and banks are moving away from private detention facilities, raising questions about the industry’s future.

South Florida activists take action against ICE, GEO Group, dozens arrested

Liberation News | Alexander Casteneda | July 24, 2018 

On July 16, several activist groups gathered at GEO Group headquarters, currently under construction in Boca Raton, Florida, to protest immigrant detention and mass incarceration.

ACLU Says South Florida Private Prison Giant Is Torturing Immigration Detainees

Miami New Times | Jerry Iannelli | September 5, 2017 

Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, Gov. Rick Scott, Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Mario Diaz-Balart, and the majority of the Florida Legislature have taken thousands from GEO despite constant complaints from progressives and human-rights activists who say the company profits from destroying the lives of others.

Third Death in Immigration Detention Makes the Adelanto Detention Center the Deadliest Facility in 2017

Detention Watch Network | June 6, 2017

Immigrant rights organizations, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), Detention Watch Network (DWN), and the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Vicente Caceres-Maradiaga.

Love Knows No BAN No Walls Vigil at GEO ICE Detention Center

Unicorn Riot | February 8, 2017

The local immigrant community and their supporters held a vigil on Monday, February 6th, 2017 at the GEO Group’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Aurora, Colorado and Unicorn Riot was live for the event.

DOJ Audit Says GEO Group Misspent $3 Million in Troubled Prison

Broward Palm Beach New Times | Ray Downs | April 27, 2015

Local activists last week protested Boca Raton-based GEO Group for abuses in the highly profitable private prisons it runs. Meanwhile, the company is under scrutiny by the Department of Justice for wasting at least $3 million while operating a troubled rural Texas prison...

Close Reeves County Detention Center 

Close Reeves | 2007

7 youths sue the GEO Group claiming they were mentally, physically, and sexually abused by a registered sex offender working at the prison. (2007)

Major Investigations
& Lawsuits
Private prison company execs accused of downplaying detainee lawsuits

Reuters | Jody Godoy | August 25, 2022 

A GEO Group Inc shareholder sued current and former directors and officers of the private prison company, saying they breached their duties by downplaying the legal risk of paying immigrant detainees in work programs $1 a day.

GEO Group can't nix $17.3 mln award in $1-a-day detainee pay case

Reuters | Daniel Wiessner | December 9, 2021 

A federal judge in Washington has upheld a $17.3 million jury award for immigrant detainees who were paid far below the minimum wage to participate in a work program, rejecting private prison operator GEO Group Inc's bid to significantly lower it.

Serving the Public Good?—A Corpus-Assisted Discourse Analysis of Private Prisons and For-Profit Incarceration in the United States

Frontiers | Karoline Marko | November 5, 2021 

It is a well-known fact that the United States has a very high prison population compared to other countries, and that it is particularly the private prison industry that has been thriving.

Perez v. The Geo Group, Inc. et al

Justia Dockets & Filings | November 1, 2021 

Class and Collective Action Complaint against the GEO Group, Inc., GEO Secure Services, LLC, GEO Corrections and Detentions, LLC, GEO Corrections Holdings, Inc., (Filing fee $402.00 receipt number ACASDC-16276962.), filed by Daniel Perez.

Seven Former GEO Employees Plead Guilty in Federal Texas Private Jail Bribery Scheme

Prison Legal News | October 1, 2021 

She was the seventh GEO employee to plead guilty to the charges presented in federal indictments following a joint U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, and U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General investigation into bribery and drug smuggling at the jail.

Private contractors paid millions to run UK detention centres

The Guardian | Niamh McIntyre | October 10, 2018

Figures reveal some firms may be making up to 30% profit on Home Office contracts. 

Inside Australia's 'powder keg' private prison

ABC News | Mark Willacy | June 19, 2018 

Secret reports and insider accounts from prison officers and former inmates reveal Brisbane's Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre is overcrowded, increasingly violent and unsafe — even for the staff.

Shackled South African Prisoner Beaten by GEO Guards Wins Lawsuit 

Prison Legal News | Derek Gilna | January 10, 2017 

In May 2016, private prison firm The GEO Group, which operates the maximum-security Louis Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre in Louis Trichard, South Africa, lost a lawsuit that alleged the company’s guards beat a prisoner while he was restrained in handcuffs and shackles.

Private Prison Company GEO Group's Pay-to-Play

Campaign Legal Center | 2016 

CLC took action to address a pay-to-play scheme in which a government contractor, private prison company GEO, violated the ban on contributions by government contractors by making a six-figure donation to a super PAC supporting candidate Trump just one day after the Obama Administration announced it would phase out the use of private prisons.  

Heathrow’s immigration detention centre is 'among worst' in the UK

The Tablet | Megan Cornwell | March 2, 2016 

A report into conditions at Harmondsworth immigration centre near Heathrow Airport has found evidence of substandard facilities and lack of suitable care for vulnerable adults.

USA: GEO Group faces lawsuits over alleged use of forced labour at immigrant detention facilities

Business and Human Rights Resources Centre | July 15, 2015

GEO Group has been accused of relying on cheap and unpaid labor by detained immigrants and is facing several lawsuits alleging that “voluntary” work programs at their facilities violate state minimum-wage laws. 

Employment Practices
& Relations
A Private Prison Company Just Lost a Major Battle Over $1-Per-Day Wages for Immigrant Workers

Mother Jones | Madison Pauly | October 28, 2021

The people locked up in one for-profit immigration detention center are in line for one hell of a raise. For years, the GEO Group, one of the nation’s largest private prison companies, has been able to keep labor costs low in its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers by relying on the people it locks up to do the work.

'These people are profitable': Under Trump, private prisons are cashing in on ICE detainees

USA Today | Monsey Alvarado et al | Apr. 23, 2020

Billy McConnell was attending the grand opening of a Louisiana prison in 1997 when a sheriff mentioned he’d like a new jail but didn’t want to operate it. McConnell saw money in that moment.

Escapes, Riots and Beatings. But States Can’t Seem to Ditch Private Prisons

New York Times | Timothy Williams | April 10, 2018 

In Arizona in 2015, a riot broke out in a private prison where previously three inmates had escaped and murdered a vacationing couple.

$60,000 Settlement in GEO Group Employee’s Sexual Harassment Case

Prison Legal News | October 10, 2017 

The GEO Group -- one of the nation's largest private prison firms, which is frequently the subject of scandal arising from repeated human rights violations at its for-profit facilities – has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought against the company in 2015 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).


Corporate Headquarters
Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Most Recent Gross Revenue
US$2.257 billion (2021) | source
Most Recent Net Revenue
US$77 million (2021) | source
Stock Exchange Tickers
Major Funders

BankTrack's profile of GEO Group.

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Major Shareholders

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Political Influence

Open Secrets - Tracks corporate lobbying of US politicians.

Open Secrets Logo Profile of GEO Group 

The Real Money Behind the Politicians Who Voted to Overturn the Election

PR Watch | Alex Kotch | January 29, 2021

GEO Group (private prisons): $1.3 million. Three subsidiaries of the private prison giant combined to give large donations to CLF, SLF, and the New Republican PAC.

Private Prison Company Geo Group Gave Generously to Trump and Now Has Lucrative Contract

Newsweek | Mirren Gidda | November 5, 2017 

Within the Texas legislature, a controversial bill is pending. A private prisons company called the GEO Group has allegedly asked Republicans to submit a law that could lead to immigrant children being indefinitely detained in its lucrative centers.

GEO Group Donated to the Trump-Tied Turning Point USA, Then Got Rave Review

Sludge | Alex Kotch | June 24, 2019 

Right-wing student organization Turning Point USA (TPUSA) accepted $50,000 from the foundation of the nation’s largest private prison company in 2017, a Sludge investigation of tax documents has found.

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Tax Havens
& Evasions
Nonprofit Explorer Research Tax-Exempt Organizations

ProPublica | 2020 

Geo Group Foundation Inc. Boca Ration, FL 33431-3367 | Tax-exempt since May 20.

How Private Prison Companies Could Get Around a Federal Ban

The American Prospect | Bryce Covert | June 28, 2019

Structured as real-estate investment trusts, private companies could receive funds to build prisons and lease them to governments for use.

It’s a Great Time to Be a Prison Landlord, Thanks to the IRS

Bloomberg News | Rob Urban | August 9, 2018 

Private-prison companies keep winning, and they have U.S. taxpayers to thank.

An examination of private financing for correctional and immigration detention facilities

In the Public Interest | June 2018 

While governments have traditionally used municipal bonds to finance the construction of correctional facilities, there is evidence that the two major private prison companies, CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA) and GEO Group, are actively pushing governments to consider the use of private financing to build new facilities, and that governments are increasingly interested in the idea.

    Major Projects
    A year after Biden’s executive order on private prisons, business is still booming

    The Grid | Chris Geidner | January 26, 2022 

    GEO Group, one of the largest private prison companies, detailed its “strategy” for getting around the order in a previously confidential document filed with the SEC.

    Think Private Prison Companies Are Going Away Under Biden? They Have Other Plans

    The Marshall Project | Jamiles Lartey | November 17, 2020

    CoreCivic and GEO Group have been shifting away from prisons toward other government contracts, like office space and immigration detention.

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