How pathetic are we as a society that GEO Group, you know, the company that runs prisons, will have its name on FAU’s stadium?

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Our culture veers even closer to ‘Running Man’ self-parody upon the news that Florida Atlantic University will name its stadium after a private prison conglomerate, the GEO Group.

GEO Group is the mom-and-pop shop with reported revenues in excess of $1.6 billion in 2011 — income generated mostly from state and federal prisons and detention centers for illegal immigrants.

“ ‘It’s startling to see a stadium will be named after them,’ one critic said. ‘It’s like calling something Blackwater Stadium. This is a company whose record is marred by human rights abuses, by lawsuits, by unnecessary deaths of people in their custody and a whole series of incidents that really draw into question their ability to successfully manage a prison facility.’”

What the?! Honestly, how shameful is it that we ostensible lovers of freedom — mainly on account of our ridiculous incarceration rates — not only have a private, for-profit prison industry flourishing in our country — one that routinely maintains substandard prisons and undercuts wages by employing their captive labor force — but that we’re sufficiently unembarrassed about it to start naming stadiums after them?

Pathetic.

H/t to Ghost in the Machine.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.