Understandably, this has caused an uproar from many on the faculty and in the student body at Florida Atlantic. “The GEO Group Stadium” at Florida Atlantic University immediately conjures up images of the now retired “Enron Stadium” where the Houston Astros used to take the field, except that The GEO Group is undoubtedly more sinister and harmful to United States citizens than Enron ever was (a fact absolutely lost on FAU President Mary Jane Saunders until student and faculty protests erupted).
The GEO Group is a private prison company.
Private prison corporations essentially collect taxpayer funds from federal and state governments (a “per diem” or per bed fee) in order to house prisoners on behalf of these governments and do so with an immoral profit maximization motivation. Private prison companies profit on human misery.
The “War on Drugs and the Prison Industrial Complex,” On its face describes the perverse incentives that motivate the private prison industry by examining the immorality attendant in leadership of private prison companies debating successful ways to increase profit by incarcerating more United States’ citizens.
Indeed, recent reports indicate that private prison companies engage in gross human rights and constitutional violations, more egregious than government run prisons.
FAU’s President appears to have not engaged in any due diligence when signing the naming right, relying singularly upon the fact that the GEO Group Chair is a proud alumnus of FAU. This is particularly egregious in Florida, where private prisons have attempted to seize on opportunities to stealthily motivate state legislators to sanction massive expansion of the private prison industry.
Nasr Escobar esq
Ambassador to the African Union
Foreign Policy & Securities Counsel
Adjunct Professor ,Oxford University
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