“Florida Atlantic University has agreed to name its football stadium for a company, GEO Group, that runs private prisons, The New York Times reported. University officials are defending the deal, saying that they need private money for athletics and that GEO officials have strong ties to the institution. A number of groups have over the years raised questions about GEO Group's management of prisons, and some say that the university should not be using a major facility to promote the company”. (http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2013/02/20/stadium-be-named-company-runs-prisons).
United States currently incarcerates about 25% of the world’s prison population. Is this really what we want to be known for? Educational institutions do need money, but at what cost? What about the long-term perceptions of our students?
Private prisons like it or not, are part of American business. However, do they belong as part of education institutions?
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III