Why this petition matters
We, the undersigned, are disgusted by the extensive human rights violations of two of the largest private prisons in the United States, and in the world, The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group Inc.
Both private prisons have an extensive violation of human rights history, with GEO being accused of running facilities violating “both international and US laws” and CCA facilities being referred to as “Gladiator School(s)” by both its inmates and staff. Both detention centers have had several sexual assault charges and have reported deaths occur within their facilities. On estimate, both facilities make around $159 per day, per inmate, and each have contracts with the Federal Government, and State Government to maintain their facilities 90% filled, forcing local police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to actively seek out inmates to fill facilities.
Currently the University of Central Florida (UCF) invests, using Student Tuition dollars, in the 37 Top Companies that contribute to both CCA and GEO. We condemn the role of the University of Central Florida in perpetuating the cycle of oppression and criminalization of black and brown and immigrant communities and are especially appalled by the usage of our tuition dollars to maintain this cycle.
For these reasons, we demand that:
- UCF send an official letter to the 36 major financial investors: I.) formally requesting that the 36 major financial investors divest from GEO and CCA and II.) stating that they (UCF) will officially divest from the 36 major financial investors if they fail to comply.
- UCF divest from any and all of the 36 major financial investors who failed to comply.
- UCF makes a public statement on explaining why they divested
- UCF implement a socially responsible investment (SRI) process such as negative screening
The University’s current investment process clearly contradicts their mission to “stand for opportunity”. Join us in demanding that UCF stops their part in perpetuating the extensive violation of human rights by meeting our aforementioned demands.