Press Release: Major investor dumps GEO stock

The Enlace advocacy center issued an important press release Oct. 24 that we share as a courtesy with our readers. It looks like a national campaign to weaken the private prison industry by undermining its stock value is beginning to work.  

October 24, 2012 

For Immediate Release

For information contact:  Peter Cervantes-Gautschi, (503) 705-3343,


In a major boost to the efforts of the National Private Prison Divestment Campaign, its partners and allies, new SEC filings reveal that, as of September 30, 2012, Wells Fargo and Company and its subsidiaries divested nearly 75% of their aggregate holdings in the Geo Group, the nation’s second largest private prison company.  

According to an SEC filing recently made public, Wells Fargo and Company and its subsidiaries had aggregate holdings of 3,061,851 shares, or 4.98% of Geo Group’s common stock as of September 30, down from the 9,185,823 shares or 19.56% of Geo Group’s common stock reported as in the December 31, 2011 SEC filing of the same required report. (Wells Fargo and Geo Group SEC filings can be found under the SEC tab at

 According to its current annual report, Geo Group, the nation’s second largest private prison company, depends on the incarceration of immigrants to meet its revenue goals.  The company is a major contributor to federal political campaigns and lobbying efforts impacting budgets of the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice.

 Enlace Executive Director, Peter Cervantes-Gautschi, congratulated Wells Fargo on its well advised decision to dump the private prison stock and called on the financial industry giant to rid itself of the rest of its private prison holdings and to cease financing private prison companies’ efforts to build, fill and manage immigrant detention centers and other private prisons.