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Obama Administration Considers Ending For-Profit Immigrant Detention

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics

Private prison contractors may lose the ability to run immigrant detention centers as for-profit businesses. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson i...

The DOJ's Decision To Stop Using Private Prisons Is Just The First Step

Donald Cohen | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Last week was a turning point. The U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) announcement that it will wind down its use of private prisons is a major step in the struggle to end for-profit incarceration in America.

Spotlight On Private Prisons: Lobbying And Otherwise

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Federal private prisons are coming to an end, but federal lobbying by private prison companies has a deep record.

Private Prison Companies Will Still Lock Up Immigrants, Despite DOJ Decision

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.16.2017 | Politics

The United States government will continue to profit from locking up immigrants, despite the Department of Justice’s landmark decision on Thursday t...

Private Prison Company Already Shopping Around New Mexico Prison That Doesn't Close Until October

Donald Cohen | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Private prison companies are roadblocks to meaningful criminal justice reform. Every taxpayer dollar that goes to their profits is a dollar not spent on improving conditions in jails and prisons or investing in alternatives to incarceration.

One Child’s Sexual Abuse Allegations Show The Problems With Our Immigration System

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.16.2017 | Politics

A woman locked in a Texas immigrant detention center is alleging that her 12-year-old daughter was sexually abused by another detainee there last mont...

Asylum Seekers Detained in Aurora

Sen. Jessie Ulibarri | Posted 12.29.2016 | Politics
Sen. Jessie Ulibarri

I was shaken out of my holiday bliss when I received a call from a concerned constituent about a group of seventeen aspiring Americans being detained at a for-profit prison, GEO, located in Aurora, CO, just outside of my district.

Hillary Clinton Says She'll End Private Prisons, Stop Accepting Their Money

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledged Thursday to ban the use of private prison companies if elected president, and ...

ICE Fails To Investigate Allegations Of Abuse At Detention Centers: Report

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.21.2015 | Latino Voices

The federal government is failing to adequately inspect allegations of abuse in immigrant detention centers, according to a report released on Wednesd...

Advocates Say DHS Covered Up Sexual Abuse In Family Detention

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.16.2017 | Latino Voices

An advocacy group is suing to force the federal government to hand over key records from an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at a family...

Words Beyond Walls: Free the Adelanto 4

Christina Fialho | Posted 06.30.2016 | Los Angeles
Christina Fialho

Four men at the 1300-bed Adelanto Immigration Detention Center in California launched the Free the People Campaign today, calling for their release and an end to the inhumane practice of immigration detention.

GEO Group Whistleblower Exposes First Amendment Violations, Lack of Officer Training, and Poor Conditions at the Adelanto Detention Center

Christina Fialho | Posted 05.19.2016 | Los Angeles
Christina Fialho

A former employee of GEO Group - a corporation that operates the Adelanto Detention Center - claims First Amendment violations, lack of proper training for GEO Group staff, extreme work hours, employee intimidation, and overuse of solitary confinement.

Hillary and Undocumented Immigrants

Ryan Campbell | Posted 05.13.2016 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

While there was much said, and most of it was the safe sort of "hard-working immigrant" rhetoric that is essentially "political fluff," considering where we are in the very long 2016 race, she did say a lot of things that turn into political liabilities if not acted upon.

Roque Planas

Detained Mothers Ask Obama To Free Them: 'Our Children Won't Eat' | Roque Planas | Posted 05.13.2015 | Latino Voices

Immigrant rights groups on Monday sent a pair of open letters to the Obama administration asking officials to end the practice of detaining undocument...

Roque Planas

ICE Director Visits Texas Detention Center Amid Allegations Of Mistreatment | Roque Planas | Posted 04.20.2015 | Latino Voices

The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement visited a family immigrant detention center in Texas on Friday that has been the site of two hunger st...

Roque Planas

Bed Quota Fuels 'Inhumane' And 'Unnecessary' Immigrant Detention: Report | Roque Planas | Posted 04.15.2015 | Latino Voices

The private prison industry’s growing role in immigrant detention is due in part to Congress' requiring the federal government to maintain some 34,0...

Detention Center Forced Immigrants To Work For $1 Per Day, Lawsuit Says

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.31.2014 | Latino Voices

A group of former immigrant detainees is suing the owner of a Colorado detention center, alleging that it forced them to work for $1 per day and coerc...

Captive Customers: Outsourcing Prison Services Is Ruining Lives and Bilking Taxpayers

Donald Cohen | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Introducing for-profit companies into America's criminal justice system has been a bad deal for governments across the country.

Adelanto: Unlimited Prison Possibilities

Christina Fialho | Posted 10.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Christina Fialho

The City of Adelanto, California, greets visitors with a sign, proclaiming it to be a city of "unlimited possibilities." However, when you drive through this small town in the Mojave Desert, it is clear the city is known for only one possibility: incarceration.

Ryan J. Reilly

ACLU Report Reveals Immigrant Abuse In 'Shadow' Private Federal Prisons | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was December 2010, and officials who ran the nation's federal prisons had a dilemma. They weren't sure if they should renew a contrac...

Obama: Will He Cut Deportations or Stand Idle?

Ryan Campbell | Posted 05.13.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

The criticism from the immigrant rights community has been quiet for a long time as they tried to press Congress. Now, pressure on the President is coming to bear as a legislative solution seems increasingly unlikely, and relief is around five years and almost 2 million deportations late.

Chris Kirkham

How Corporations Are Cashing In On The Worldwide Immigration Crackdown | Chris Kirkham | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

Nearly a decade ago, Australian authorities discovered major problems inside detention centers run by a private, for-profit company entrusted with imm...

As Immigration Reform Comes Up Again, Watch This Private Prison Company

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jesse Lava

The country's biggest for-profit prison companies already pull in hundreds of millions of dollars a year locking up immigrants in federal custody. They stand to pull in even more money if the new laws generate lots of new prisoners.

Brown's Prison Plan Bucks National Trends, Enriches For-profit Prison Corporations

Bob Libal | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Bob Libal

With these records, how do these companies continue to win such lucrative contracts? Part of the answer lies where the companies invest their profits.

U.S. Must End War on Immigrants and Addiction to Private Prisons as Well

Bob Libal | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Bob Libal

If the government is serious about reducing the federal prison population, it must end its reliance on for-profit prisons and repeal costly programs that have made immigrants the fastest growing part of the federal prison population.