Inside the no-bid deal to detain Central American asylum seekers

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Between July 2015 and June 2016, more than sixty-six thousand parents and children came across the US border from Central America to escape violence in their home countries. Many of those families were detained at the border and when the deluge of asylum-seekers kicked off in 2014, authorities quickly came under pressure to do something with all those people. Enter the Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private, for-profit prison company in the US. The CCA scored a billion-dollar contract to construct an enormous facility for women and children near the border, and that deal is coming under new scrutiny now.