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 the For-Profit Prison Industry and Wall Street who were the other powerful force behind mass incarceration, the police state, immigrant detention, and deportation. The Campaign has since become a national movement bringing together Black, Brown, and LGBTQ communities to end mass incarceration and immigration enforcement. The movement is working to divest from criminalization and incarceration, and demand reparations and reinvestment in our communities!

Enlace builds alliances among 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

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The Prison Divestment Movement is part of a larger movement called #FreedomCities that is redefining what Safety and Freedom mean for our communities.

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Fight Congressional Proposals to Expand Immigration Enforcement and Criminalization

Via National Immigration Project

Congress must pass legislation to fund the government for 2018 called an “appropriations” or spending bill. Congress is now negotiating the details of the 2018  federal spending bill.  Without the passage of a spending bill, the government faces the threat of a shutdown.

 These negotiations also include proposals to help DACA recipients and immigrant youth.  However, the spending bills will likely include immigration enforcement and new criminalization laws that will increase deportations, as well as more funds for immigration jails and interior and border enforcement agents.

Supporting a clean Dream Act means advocating for legal status for DACA recipients and immigrant youth without harmful provisions that will criminalize all immigrants and facilitate mass deportation and mass incarceration.

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Yale University Students Urge Divestment from Private Prison Corporations

Via Correctional News | By Rachel Leber

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Yale University Students for Prison Divestment (YSPD), a group that advocates for Yale to divest from private prison corporations, held a panel discussion on private prisons and mass incarceration on Dec. 1.

The discussion was held in one of the common rooms at Davenport College in New Haven — one of the 14 residential colleges of Yale University. During the panel discussion, three major speakers answered questions moderated by members of the YSPD. These speakers included Bianca Tylek, director of the Corrections Accountability Project; Carl Takai, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union National Prisons Project; and Eli Hager, a staff writer for the Marshall Project.

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As The Criminal Justice System Changes, So Does A Private Prison Giant

Via International Business Times | By Lydia O’Neal

At a halfway house in southeast Pennsylvania last May, a former prison inmate on his way to reentering society died of a heroin and fentanyl overdose, the eighth person to die of a drug overdose there since the start of 2016, and the fifth in the first five months of 2017 alone, the Reading Eagle found in a November report that documented egregious mismanagement.

“Nobody’s going to get any kind of help in there,” Dawn Zdanowicz, who was released from the facility in November, told International Business Times. Her roomate was among those eight to fatally overdose. “If you’re going to run a dual diagnosis center, you have to have the training that goes with that.”

What took place there was a microcosm of not only the nation’s opioid crisis, but shifts within the criminal justice system that are pushing private prison companies toward business opportunities in the market for halfway houses, which treat many of the nation’s addicts on their way out of prison.

The Pennsylvania facility, known as the Alcohol & Drug Addiction Parole and Probation Treatment center, or simply ADAPPT, was acquired in April by politically-connected GEO Group Inc., better known for its private prison management. The previous manager, now a GEO subsidiary, is Community Education Centers, a private contractor known for its halfway houses. (GEO declined to comment on Zdanowicz’s criticism of ADAPPT.)

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Yale Students urge Prison Divestment

Via Yale Daily News | By Britton O’Daly

The Yale Students for Prison Divestment panel began with a simple question: “How many of you don’t know much about private prisons?” Most hands went up.

Yale Students for Prison Divestment, a group that advocates for Yale to divest from private prison corporations, held the panel discussion on private prisons and mass incarceration in the Davenport College common room on Friday afternoon. Director of the Corrections Accountability Project Bianca Tylek, American Civil Liberties Union National Prisons Project Staff Attorney Carl Takei and Eli Hager, a staff writer for the Marshall Project, answered questions moderated by members of Yale Students for Prison Divestment. But before the panelists tackled issues ranging from private prisons in the age of Trump to the dynamics of how private prisons lobby the government, the group had to introduce most of the audience to what exactly private prisons are.

“People who are not familiar with this industry might think of it as something that is private industry and competition, and it’s really not — this is government outsourcing the function of incarceration to private companies,” said Takei at the start of the panel. “This is still money that is being paid for by taxpayer dollars, and the nature of the market is not one that is competitive or that serves the people who are inside prisons, because people who are inside prisons are essentially the product.”

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Against ICE, and for all immigrants

Via The Daily Princetonian | By Max Grear

Can protest make a difference?

On the last Tuesday of November, I found myself in Hinds Plaza looking for a spot to sit and enjoy the unusually warm weather. A large crowd was dispersing as I arrived, and I guessed there had been a rally. However, only when encountering a disturbing headline later on did I learn why this crowd had assembled: “ICE Arrests Came Hours Before Immigration Rally in Princeton.” As it turned out, federal Immigration Customs Enforcement had swept up four people along Witherspoon not long before nearly 200 of their neighbors rallied around the block to call on Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act by Dec. 8. The aim of this legislaiton would be to protect the recipients of the now-terminated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

That Tuesday afternoon, as I was walking from Hinds Plaza to Dickinson Hall and the crowd of protesters was casually chatting and heading home, the lives of four Princeton community members were being completely overturned. It would be impossible to find out exactly where these individuals are now, but if unable to pay a bond they are most likely being detained while they await removal hearings. The article from the Princeton Patch did not make it clear whether the arrests inspired the rally.

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Divestment group asks SU to divest from companies providing services to private prisons

SAmeeting-11-1.jpgVia The Daily Orange |By Catherine Leffert

Syracuse Divest has asked Syracuse University to make a public commitment to not directly invest in companies that supply services to for-profit prison companies.

The campus organization, formed last year among various members of the philosophy department, has started circulating a petition calling for this commitment. It currently has more than 160 signatures from students and faculty.

“What we’re asking is for the university to publicly commit to refusing to directly invest in any for-profit prison companies — so those would be facility operation companies,” said Janice Dowell, a philosophy professor and one of Syracuse Divest’s founders.

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Hunger Strike In Adelanto W4A wing

WHAT: PROTEST/RALLY/PRESS CONFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF ADELANTO HUNGER STRIKERS
WHEN: Thursday Nov. 30, 2017 11:AM Visuals, banners
Where: USCIS Building- 995 Hardt ST. San Bernardino CA 92408
Who: Concern Families, Local Organizations concerned with the treatment and rights of immigrants detained in Adelanto Detention Facility
WHY: Thursday will mark the 10th day in which over 30 immigration detainees have been on a hunger strike which started on Monday November 20th, protesting the inhumane condition that have been housed in Adelanto Detention Center in Adelanto, California, an immigration detention center run by the private prison corporation GEO Group.

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