America’s For-Profit Criminal Justice is Crushing the Poor

Via The Real News Network

A recent push by Senator Bernie Sanders to eliminate cash bail highlights how systemic monetizing of law enforcement continues to enrich cops, courts, and prosecutors


Human Rights Groups Release Report on Conditions of the Atlanta City Detention Center

Atlanta, Georgia– Project South and Georgia Detention Watch today issued a report on the conditions at the Atlanta City Detention Center pertaining to detainment of immigrants, detailing grave human rights violations. The 105-page report titled “Inside Atlanta’s Immigrant Cages” is based on a year-long documentation project which included interviewing 38 detained immigrants as well as several immigration attorneys, touring the facility, and inspecting hundreds of pages of documents obtained from the city.

The report can be found here: /wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ InsideATL_Imm_Cages_92_DIG.pdf

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Police Arrest Demonstrators At CoreCivic HQ In Nashville

Via News Channel 5 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Several demonstrators were arrested Monday after blocking the entrance to CoreCivic’s headquarters in Nashville.

Demonstrators staged themselves at the entrance of the facility to “defend families and demand an end to private prisons.” The Nashville-based private prison contracts with ICE.

Sky 5 flew over the facility and showed several tents set up around the building, including some banners that read “how many kids have to be jailed before you care?”

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Garcia, Farley & Fryer Take AFSC-AZ Pledge to Reject Donations from Private Prisons

Tucson, Arizona – August 6, 2018 – The American Friends Service Committee-Arizona (AFSC-AZ), in its efforts to reduce the size and scope of the criminal punishment system, has secured public pledges from three candidates for Arizona governor to reject campaign donations from private prison corporations and their lobbyists, and asks all candidates to #MakeThePledge.

The gubernatorial campaigns for David Garcia, Steve Farley and Kelly Fryer have pledged to AFSC-AZ and to Arizona voters that they will refuse all donations from corporations like CoreCivic and GEO Group—both of which operate prisons and immigrant detention facilities across the state—and keep for-profit interests out of public safety policy.

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Restraint Chairs and Spit Masks: Migrant Detainees Claim Abuse at Detention Centers

Via NY Times |Jess Bidgood, Manny Fernandez and Richard Fausset

The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Virginia houses young migrants with emotional, behavioral and psychological issues.CreditZachary Wajsgras/Associated Press

VERONA, Va. — Guards at a juvenile detention center for troubled immigrant teenagers had many ways of handling serious problems. At times, they resorted to the chair. Other times, the mask.

According to migrant teenagers and a former worker, the high, hard-backed metal chair had wheels so it could be tilted and moved like a dolly through the halls of the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, a northwest Virginia facility that houses American and undocumented migrant youths who have emotional, behavioral and psychological issues.

Teenagers as young as 14 were strapped to the chair — some stripped down to their underwear — with their feet, arms and waist restrained by cushioned leather straps and loops, they said.

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How companies make millions charging prisoners to send an email

Via Wired | Victoria Law

LAST JULY, AS she has for the past 10 years, Dianne Jones spent 45 minutes on a city bus heading to the local WalMart.


THERE, UNDER FLUORESCENT lights, she scanned rows of brightly colored birthday cards to pick out the perfect greeting for her son—let’s call him Tim—who is imprisoned more than 100 miles from his mother’s home just outside New Orleans. The card she settled on was dark brown with trees and a birthday message that read, “For the best son in the world.”

Tim was in his 10th year of a 30-year prison sentence for an armed robbery he committed at age 17; he would not be able to see, let alone sit under or touch, a tree for the next 20 years. (Citing safety concerns, Jones asked that her son’s name not be used.) After Jones, her daughter, and her three grandchildren signed the card, she mailed it off, happy that Tim would know that his family was thinking of him.

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Capitalizing on Mass Incarceration: U.S. Growth in Private Prisons

Via The Sentencing Project

private prison cover with logoThe War on Drugs and harsher sentencing policies, including mandatory minimum sentences, fueled a rapid expansion in the nation’s prison population beginning in the 1980s. The resulting burden on the public sector led to the modern emergence of for-profit private prisons in many states and at the federal level.

The United States has the world’s largest private prison population. Of the 1.5 million people in state and federal prisons in 2016, 8.5 percent, or 128,063, were incarcerated in private prisons.1) Another 26,249 people -73 percent of all people in immigration detention- were confined in privately-run facilities on a daily basis during fiscal year 2017.2)

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