Private Prisons, Immigrant Detention, and Our Money

Join Us for a Presentation by Bob Libal on

How Communities Pay and Private Prisons Profit
by Increasing Immigrant Detention

The business model for the private prison industry is simple: Build more prisons and create laws that fill more prison beds. This model led to Arizona’s SB10701 and has contributed to an expenditure of 1.2 billion[2] in Texas since 2005 to pay for a largely for-profit prison industry.

The number of immigrants sentenced to prison terms for non-violent, immigration-related offenses has roughly tripled in Texas since 2006. As a result, courts are over-loaded and fewer resources are available to investigate and prosecute more serious offenses.

Bob Libal is Texas Campaigns Coordinator for Grassroots Leadership focusing on the expansion of the private federal detention system.  For three and a half years, he served as co-coordinator of Grassroots Leadership’s Not With Our Money campaign.  He has advocated for federal detention reform and against private prison expansion with Texans United for Families. Libal co-authored Operation Streamline: Drowning Justice and Draining Dollars along the Rio Grande, available from Grassroots Leadership[2].


  1. Laura Sullivan, “Prison Economics Help Drive Arizona Immigration Law”, National Public Radio (NPR), October 2010, <>.
  2. Tara Buentello et. al., “Operation Streamline: Drowning Justice and Draining Dollars along the Rio Grande”, Grassroots Leadership, July 2010,  <>.

Mr. Libal will be giving his talk at the Coffee Party Austin meeting at the Yarborough Library, 2200 Hancock Dr., on Saturday, May 7, 2011, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

About Hamilton Richards

He retired in 2006 as a Senior Lecturer in Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. These days he volunteers technical support for Citizens' Climate Lobby (Austin chapter), Common Ground for Texans, (, Integrity Texas (, Austin Rowing Club, and several friends.
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