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Private prisons, deportations

Trump Immigration Policies Are A Boon For Private Prisons

The Trump administration is expanding the use of private prison facilities to handle a massive increase in deportation and is considering a policy of separating women and children who illegally cross the border, according to news reports.

March 7, 2017
Immigrant Detainees

Immigrant Detainees Sue Private Prison Company, Alleging Forced Labor

By relying on the free work of the detainees, the plaintiffs’ attorneys argued, GEO Group maintains its entire facility with just one janitor on the payroll. They claim the company violated the forced labor provision of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

March 6, 2017

Justice Department Rescinds Order Phasing Out Use Of Private Prisons

The new order reverses one issued by former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates that sought to eliminate the department’s use of private for-profit prisons, which hold slightly more than 10 percent of the current prison population. Civil rights and prisoner rights groups decried the Sessions’ decision, saying private prisons are not as cost-effective or as safe as government-run facilities.

February 24, 2017

What Are Thousands Of Inmates Around The Country Protesting On Friday?

Friday, September 9th marks the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison riot New York state, and inmates and inmates rights groups across the country have planned demonstrations to highlight the deplorable conditions in prisons today.

September 8, 2016

DHS To Revisit For-Profit Immigrant Prisons: Will It Also Revisit Mass Detentions?

The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that, taking a cue from the Department of Justice, it will review its widespread practice of incarcerating immigrants and refugees in for-profit detention centers. As private prisons fall out of favor, human rights groups call for feds to toss out harsh immigrant policies driving incarceration.

August 30, 2016
Justice Department

Justice Department Plans To End Use Of Private Prisons

The Justice Department announced plans to cease using private prisons Thursday, a week after a highly critical report was released by the DOJ inspector general about the oversight and safety of private facilities.

August 18, 2016
Inmates walk in San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 8, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Prison Phone Calls A ‘Boondoggle Of Corruption’

In America, jail and prison payphones are an important source of funding for local jurisdictions. For years, cash-strapped sheriffs and law enforcement officials across the country have signed contracts with third-party vendors to take a cut of the proceeds paid by inmates and their families.

June 11, 2016
Inmates' relatives hang on to the fence surrounding the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, Mexico, February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

Private Prison Companies Openly Boast About Soaring Profits From Locking Up Children And Mothers

The largest private prison companies in the United States are assuring their shareholders that profits are up, thanks in part to the windfall from locking up women and children in controversial “family detention centers.”

May 14, 2016