A new analysis by Good Jobs First has identified 22 companies involved in detention operations and prison contracting that received loans totaling more than $47 million from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The findings suggest that additional federal action and evaluation of the PPP will be necessary to meaningfully curtail government support of the private prison industry.
Oversight is not an abstract public relations battle – it can be a matter of life and death for those struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic. For every dollar lost to fraud and every day that aid is delayed, more Americans inch closer to precarity. Efficient, effective, and equitable distribution of relief funds helps ensure that all families can continue to put food on the table. If the Biden administration intends to make “build back better” more than just a campaign slogan, its oversight activity must continue on its current, productive trajectory.