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Immigrant Detention Quota a Boon for Private Prisons

For-profit prison companies hold more than half of the immigrants housed in federally funded U.S. detention centers. Federal law requires that the government contract for at least 34,000 prison beds a day even as border crossings have declined since the recession. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency pays $2 billion a year to meet the bed quota and incarcerate the required number of immigrants.

Published Sept. 24, 2013

Sources: Bloomberg reporting, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, U.S. Border Patrol

GRAPHIC: ALEX TRIBOU / BLOOMBERG VISUAL DATA