Students at Florida Atlantic University protest naming stadium for prison operator

Feb. 27, 2013
Students argue that a questionable human rights track record should disqualify the GEO Group from acquiring stadium naming rights

The president of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton has agreed to meet with students who oppose a decision to name the school's football stadium for a private prison operator. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel says university president Mary Jane Saunders agreed to the meeting after about 100 students protested the school's decision to provide stadium naming rights to the GEO Group, a for-profit prison operator, in exchange for a $6 million donation. Saunders has called GEO a “wonderful company,” but protesters say GEO has a track record of human rights violations. It was fined in June by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the company has lost lawsuits pertaining to mistreatment of inmates.

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