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Chris Kirkham

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For-Profit Colleges That Bury Students In Debt Face Second Obama Crackdown

(222) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 11:06 PM

The Obama administration on Friday will release new regulations intended to target for-profit colleges and career training programs that leave students mired in debt and unable to find decent jobs.

It's the second time in three years that the Department of Education has tried to rein in abuses in the...

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Deadly New York Explosion Highlights Urgent Need To Fix City's Crumbling Gas Lines

(284) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 4:07 PM

Public officials and engineers have long warned about the dangers posed by the outdated, moldering pipelines that snake beneath the streets of major cities like New York, feeding gas into the furnaces of millions of homes.

For nearly two decades, federal authorities have directed pipeline operators to

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Harlem's Spanish Christian Church Devastated By Natural Gas Explosion

(3) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 4:16 PM

Carmen Vargas-Rosa, a lifelong member of the Christian evangelical church at the center of the Harlem building collapse, said church members are still trying to find at least two tenants who have been missing since this morning's disaster.

There are six apartments above the church housing about 20 people, she...

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For-Profit College Accused Of Luring Students Into Predatory Loans

(340) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 4:33 PM

The federal consumer protection agency filed suit on Wednesday against ITT Educational Services, accusing the major for-profit college corporation of forcing students into high-interest, private loans expected to leave a majority of borrowers in default.

The case marks the first time the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken...

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Feds Probe For-Profit College Accused Of Creating Fake Jobs

(58) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 5:47 PM

The Obama administration has launched a probe into job placement rates advertised by Corinthian Colleges Inc., a major for-profit college operator, suggesting there are "systemic deficiencies" in the company's operations.

Corinthian disclosed the probe in its most recent earnings statement on Wednesday, reporting it had...

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How Corporations Are Cashing In On The Worldwide Immigration Crackdown

(138) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:09 PM

Nearly a decade ago, Australian authorities discovered major problems inside detention centers run by a private, for-profit company entrusted with immigrants locked up for entering the country illegally.

The company, Global Solutions Ltd. -- now owned by the British corporation G4S, the world's largest security firm -- was failing to...

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Florida Isn't Apologizing For Lax Oversight At Abusive Youth Prisons

(130) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 6:06 PM

The head of Florida's juvenile justice department defended her agency's oversight of private prison contractors before a state Senate panel on Wednesday amid allegations of violence and mistreatment inside the nation's third-largest juvenile corrections system.

A Huffington Post investigation published in October detailed a legacy of...

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Lawsuits Allege Private Prison Company Covered Up Youth Sex Abuse

(178) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 12:00 PM

A pair of recent lawsuits against a private youth prison operator in Florida amplify claims that the company, Youth Services International, has frequently covered up reports that staff sexually abused young people held inside its facilities.

According to a suit filed in October in federal court, the top...

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Sen. Dick Durbin Accuses For-Profit College Chain Of Defrauding Taxpayers

(92) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 6:18 PM

A top Senate Democrat on Thursday called for the Obama administration and collegiate accreditors to investigate whether a major for-profit college company, Corinthian Colleges Inc., systematically deceived students, government officials and taxpayers by inflating its job placement rates.

Citing a HuffPost investigation of Corinthian Colleges published this...

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How A For-Profit College Created Fake Jobs To Get Taxpayer Money

(933) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 8:42 AM

Eric Parms enrolled at an Everest College campus in the suburbs of Atlanta in large part because recruiters promised he would have little trouble securing a job.

He'd seen the for-profit school's television commercials touting its sterling rates of job placement, and he'd heard the pledges of admissions staff who...

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Florida Senator Pushes For Abusive Youth Prison Company To Face Hearing

(26) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 3:23 PM

A top lawmaker in Florida is calling for a legislative hearing on abuses at the state's juvenile prisons run by the troubled for-profit contractor Youth Services International.

Darren Soto, one of the leading Democrats in the Florida Senate, sent letters Tuesday to fellow lawmakers and the Florida Department...

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Troubled Youth Prison Company Wins Even More Contracts

(468) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Despite voluminous evidence that inmates have suffered violence, sexual abuse and neglect inside the facilities of a private juvenile prison operator, the state of Florida has in recent weeks awarded fresh contracts to the company.

Since late October, Florida has granted Youth Services International two new...

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Georgia To Close Private Prison Where Youth Alleged Sexual Misconduct

(236) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 5:42 PM

The state of Georgia will close a juvenile jail where a federal report found an extremely high rate of youth alleging sexual misconduct by staff, ending a nearly 15-year contract with the facility's troubled private prison operator.

A spokesman for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice wrote in an email...

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For-Profit Prisons Are Big Winners Of California's Overcrowding Crisis

(926) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 7:30 AM

When America's largest private prison company opened a 2,000-bed facility in a barren stretch of the Mojave Desert in southeastern California in 1997, there was no guarantee that any inmates would ever reside there.

California's exceptionally powerful prison guard union was waging a fierce campaign against private prison companies,...

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Enquête internationale: le chômage, un fléau pour les jeunes du monde entier

(7) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 1:54 PM

Le Huffington Post a déployé ses ressources afin de saisir l'étendue de la crise du chômage dans le monde en réalisant un reportage collectif réalisé par les éditions internationales de sept pays. Ce texte n'est que le début d'une longue discussion sur les conséquences du chômage des jeunes, qui examine...
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PRISONERS OF PROFIT: Florida Still Giving Millions In Contracts To Troubled Youth Prison Company

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 9:50 AM

Youth Services International confronted a potentially expensive situation. It was early 2004, only three months into the private prison company’s $10 million contract to run Thompson Academy, a juvenile prison in the state of Florida, and already the facility had become a scene of documented violence and neglect.

One guard...

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PRISONERS OF PROFIT: Private Prison Empire Rises Despite Startling Record Of Juvenile Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 3:32 PM

From a glance at his background, one might assume that James F. Slattery would have a difficult time convincing any state in America to entrust him with the supervision of its lawbreaking youth.

Over the past quarter century, Slattery’s for-profit prison enterprises have run afoul of the Justice Department and...

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Unemployment Plagues Young People Around The World

(1444) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 10:30 AM

Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post.

In the French city of Montpellier, Thomas Pallot frets that his future now seems tainted. He is only 25 years old and recently embarked on a career as computer technician. But for the last two years, he has been unemployed.

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Student Loan Defaults Surge To Highest Level In Nearly 2 Decades

(2031) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 9:19 PM

Recent college students are defaulting on federal loans at the highest rate in nearly two decades, reflecting "crisis" levels of student debt and a lackluster economy that leaves graduates with bleak employment prospects.

One in 10 recent borrowers defaulted on their federal student loans within the first two...

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Debt Collectors Using Terrible New Tactic Get Fined $1 Million

(226) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 5:16 PM

The personalized text messages went out to more than a million cell phones over the last 18 months, warning of a critical legal issue.

"It is URGENT for you to call National Attorney Service regarding a very sensitive matter," the messages read. Along with the texts came threatening phone calls...

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