About Us 

the geo group inc

The Private Corrections Research Council was formed in 2011 to provide a central resource for research, data and related information concerning the benefits of privatizing correctional services.

We trust that the research studies included on this site will prove useful to policy makers and corrections professionals who are contemplating privatizing prisons, jails or other detention-related facilities, services and programs. The Private Corrections Research Council is a non-partisan, independent private research organization that does

not accept funding from the private prison industry.

Who We Are:

Jonathan Phillips, Director

Mr. Phillips has served as a consultant to local, state and federal government officials and agencies for almost 20 years in the areas of privatization and contracting.

Anthony Mazuka, Treasurer

Mr. Mazuka retired from the financial services industry after 32 years in banking, bond financing and investment consulting, which included financing for privatized correctional facilities through Lehman Brothers.

Marcy Tomlinson, Secretary

Mrs. Tomlinson has served as a budget/financial consultant for government agencies in six states, with expertise in the areas of budget reconciliation and risk management.


Advisory Board:



Contact Us:

Private Corrections Research Council
1090 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 910
Washington, DC 20005


Did You Know?

The private prison industry provides a valuable service to government agencies by allowing prison and jail systems to safely and efficiently incarcerate offenders in privately-run facilities. When public prisons or jails lack capacity, private prison firms can provide necessary bed space.
Around half of all immigration detainees are held in privately-operated facilities, which assists the federal government in fulfilling its obligation to enforce national immigration policies.


Private prisons are held accountable to the public through government contracting agencies, which require monitoring, audits and other oversight over privately-operated prisons.


Privatized correctional services include prison management, medical care, mental health care, food services, transportation services, halfway house operations, substance abuse programs and a host of other services, often at substantial savings.