Campaign Updates

ENLACE-POSTER_outline_campaign11x85The Prison Divestment Campaign began in 2011 from the need to launch a comprehensive strategy to decriminalize immigrants and people of color, end detention, end mass incarceration, and demilitarize the border. It was not only Politicians that we needed to target, but also Private Prisons and Wall Street who were the other powerful force behind mass incarceration, the police state, immigrant detention, and deportation. The Campaign has since expanded, looking at how the private prison industry works to divide communities of color. We are building strong multiracial coalitions, emphasizing Black and Brown unity, to combat mass incarceration and immigration enforcement. We are working to divest from criminalization and incarceration, and demand reparations and reinvestment in our communities.

Enlace brings together organizations working on immigrant rights, criminal justice, another social justice groups to end mass incarceration and achieve legalization for all immigrants. For additional information visit Enlace’s webpage

Campaign to End Mass Incarceration, Deportations & Detention

2016 Week of Action

Click here for a listing of all the actions this week and to sign the petition to End Tax Breaks for Prisons

Watson Coleman Introduces the End For-Profit Prisons Act of 2016

Washington, DC (September 22, 2016) — Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) announced the introduction of the End For-Profit Prisons Act of 2016, legislation that would require the Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Marshals Service to end its contracts with for-profit confinement facilities, and make critical changes to the re-entry process for individuals who have been released from federal prisons.

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TAKE ACTION: Help us get 500 signatures in support of Dignity Not Detention!


Will you help us make California the first state to say NO to private immigration detention?

I’m sure you’ve heard the news that the Department of Justice will be ending its federal use of private prisons, the Department of Homeland Security is thinking of doing the same, and one of the largest prison strikes is underway as we speak.

Enlace is partnering with CIYJA and immigrant rights groups across California in this crucial movement to fight back against mass incarceration and harmful detention practices, and we know that stopping private companies from profiting off of the suffering of our community members is an important step in the right direction. The Dignity Not Detention Act (SB 1289) is on Governor Brown’s desk right now, and he needs to hear that eyes across California and the nation are watching his decision closely.

Sign this petition to the Governor’s office now!

The Governor will be deciding on SB 1289 any day now – he needs to know that we all support dignity, not detention!

Initial Movement on Private Prison Divestment by City Pension Funds


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Comptroller Stringer (photo @scottstringer)

Via Gotham Gazette

By Samir Khurshid

New York City’s pension funds have faced criticism in the past for owning a stake, however small, in two for-profit private prison operators. On Thursday, one of the funds took the first significant step to recognize the issue by announcing a study of divestment from the controversial industry.

Comptroller Scott Stringer and the trustees of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS), one of the city’s five pension funds, voted unanimously to pass a resolution on Thursday to explore how divestment from private prisons would affect the fund’s investment portfolio. The decision came three weeks after anannouncement by the federal government that it would phase out its dependence on private prisons to house a decreasing number of federal inmates. A Department of Justice report, which formed the basis of that announcement, cited dangerous conditions at private prisons, increased costs, and inefficiency.

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National Strike Against Prison Slavery

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People are organizing across the United States and the world in order to stand in the streets in solidarity with those locked behind bars who will strike on September 9th against prison slavery. Already, a wide range of actions have taken place in the run up to the strike. This includes large scale flyering and street propaganda campaigns, banner drops, noise demonstrations outside of jails and detention facilities, and informational events. All of this activity helps to build the capacity of the strike to bring in more people who can take an active role, as well as spread information about the struggle being waged by prisoners on the inside. These actions also bring many organizations, crews, and individuals together that before have previously never worked side by side and helps expose white supremacy as both a system of social control and racial apartheid and an apparatus of management that facilitates the creation of billions of dollars of profits.

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Prisons Aren’t the Answer on Immigration

Ariel Davis

Via New York Times

Editorial Board | 9/5/16

The Department of Homeland Security announced late last month that it is considering ending its use of private prisons, as the Justice Department has decided to do. The Homeland Security secretary, Jeh Johnson, told his department’s advisory council to study the issue and report back to him by the end of November.

That gives him only a few weeks to read, review and act before everything gets bumped to the Trump or Clinton administration. To save time, Mr. Johnson could do the wise thing and end the contracts now.

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End All Detention Center Contracts with Private Prison Companies

Black-Prisoners-HandssmallerOn August 18th, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that they are ending federal contracts with private prison companies. This is a crucial step towards ending the impact of private prison companies on our justice system but we must continue to fight their influence.

The private prison industry has a long history of contributing to mass incarceration in the U.S. which has disproportionately criminalized Black people. There have been numerous reports that many private prisons operate facilities with even poorer and more dangerous conditions than usual affecting inmates’ health, safety, and well-being.

Join us and Tell the Department of Homeland Security to put an end to the private prison system now.

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