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14 Jan 2019

Ross Kerber, Reuters

Investor activists press U.S. prison operators on human rights

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Activist investors said... they filed shareholder resolutions at two U.S. private prison operators, looking to link executive pay to human rights considerations at CoreCivic Inc and have Geo Group give more details on the treatment of people held at correction and detention facilities. The resolutions were filed by shareholders including the Service Employees International Union and the Jesuits U.S.A. West Province... “We thought it was critical to send these companies a message that they need to be concerned about the risks they could be potentially facing around human rights,” said Nadira Narine, senior program director at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility... A spokeswoman for CoreCivic, Amanda Gilchrist, said the company is reviewing the proposal... “CoreCivic has a detailed Human Rights Policy that clearly outlines our commitments regarding resident rights and treatment, including legal rights, safety and security, healthcare, reentry programming, visitation and standards of living."

In a statement e-mailed by Geo Group spokesman Pablo Paez, the company said it “has always been committed to respecting the human rights of all those entrusted to our care” and that processing centers it runs on behalf of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency “provide safe and humane environments that meet the needs of individuals in the care of federal immigration authorities.”