You may be invested in the prison industrial complex. You do not need to be a financial expert to know how much of your money is invested in morally problematic and unjust companies.
The prison industrial complex is a term used to describe the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing, and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social and political problems. On Prison Free Funds, we focus on two aspects of the prison industrial complex: companies involved in the prison industry (such as private for-profit prison operators and prison services providers), and companies involved in the militarization of borders and the policing of immigration.
Prison Free Funds enables you to find out if your money, in the form of individual mutual fund investments or an employer-provided 401(k), is being used to finance mass incarceration, private prison operators, immigrant detention and surveillance, or the border militarization industry. This free online tool can help you find alternative options to incarceration-based investments.
We can help build a more just world by reducing the power of those who profit from the prison industrial complex. Investors have the power to divest from the corporations that profit from these unjust systems, and can reinvest in companies that support the movement for a more equitable future for all communities.
For nearly three decades, As You Sow has promoted aligning investing with one’s values. As part of our Invest Your Values program, we've created a series of tools that provide free information helping individuals do just that.
- Look up mutual funds using up-to-date investment data
- We analyze your investments for private prison operators and other companies involved in the prison and border industries
- See each fund's prison industrial complex grade
- Use our action toolkit to push your employer to add sustainable funds to your 401(k) plan
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