Conference on Immigration Detention System
Immigrant Detainees: Alone, Unrepresented & Imprisoned
A joint conference of Rutgers School of Law–Newark, Seton Hall Law School, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and New York University School of Law.
Featuring keynote speaker U.S. Senator Robert Menendez ’79.
March 23, 2012, 8 am – 5:30 pm
Rutgers School of Law–Newark
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Fernando Dominguez Died In Administrative Limbo While In Immigration Detention
By Fernando Romero | March 16, 2012 | Huffington Post
On the morning of Friday, February 24, I got out of bed with my usual swagger. I made a pot a coffee, a light breakfast and started getting ready for work. Still with lazy eyes, I started answering some e-mails when my phone rang. The person on the other line identified himself as an agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement so I piqued up immediately (because if that doesn’t wake you up, I don’t know what else does). Continue reading
A private-prison disaster in Oklahoma reveals the dangers of California’s reliance on Corrections Corporation of America
By Dave Maass | SD City Beat | March 14, 2012
At 11:37 a.m. on a Tuesday in October, a fight between two inmates started in the dining hall in a prison in western Oklahoma. Guards broke it up using pepper spray, and the situation returned to normal.
Or so they thought.
Minutes later, the dining hall erupted in all-out war with fists, kicks and food trays flying. Within 15 minutes, the entire facility was thrust into chaos as 600 inmates, mostly African-Americans and Hispanics associated with the Surenos prison gang, bloodied each other. Suddenly, one of the largest prison riots in California’s recent history was going down in a corrections facility a thousand miles outside the state. Continue reading
Lawsuit Charges Arizona Prison Officials with Failing to Provide Adequate Health Care, Inhumane Use of Solitary Confinement
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PHOENIX – Prisoners in the custody of the Arizona Department of Corrections receive such grossly inadequate medical, mental health and dental care that they are in grave danger of suffering serious and preventable injury, amputation, disfigurement and even death, according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed today by a legal team led by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Prison Law Office.
The lawsuit also charges that thousands of prisoners are routinely subjected to solitary confinement in windowless cells behind solid steel doors, in conditions of extreme social isolation and sensory deprivation, leading to serious physical and psychological harm. Some prisoners in solitary receive no outdoor exercise for months or years on end, and some receive only two meals a day. Continue reading
Private Prisons Profit From Pain
By Jakada Imani | The Huffington Post | February 23, 2012
I’ve been working on issues of police accountability, locked-up youth, violence, and community investment for a long time. Sometimes I think that no example of injustice could still surprise me. I was recently proved wrong.
It happened when I was sent a Huffington Post article about the Corrections Corporation of America’s (CCA) move to buy prisons from cash-strapped states. As part of their offer to the 48 states they propositioned was a 20-year management contract, plus an assurance that the prison would remain at least 90 percent full over the course of the contract. Shame on you CCA, shame on you! Continue reading
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Report Reveals Widespread Problems in Arizona’s Private Prisons:
Cites Safety Issues, Lack of Accountability, and Cost
Phoenix: Yesterday, a Quaker group that has been advocating against prison privatization in Arizona released an extensive report reviewing the safety, quality, and cost of private prisons in Arizona—including 6 prisons operated by Corrections Corporation of America that do not contract with the state. The report is the first of its kind to be completed in Arizona, and reveals widespread and persistent problems in private facilities.
The report cites data showing that the private prisons under contract with the state cost more than equivalent units operated by the Department of Corrections. The group estimates that in 2009 and 2010, Arizona overpaid for these units by as much as $7 million. If the state adds 2,000 medium-security private beds, Arizonans could be losing over $10 million every year on private prisons. Continue reading
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A jury has awarded millions of dollars in damages to three women inmates who were raped by a guard New Mexico prison for women.
The decision came down Thursday when the federal jury ordered $3 million after hearing more than a week of testimony involving a 2007 case at the Camino Nuevo Women’s Correctional Facility. Continue reading
Inmate rape resolution to be shared over objections of private prison giant
A former prisoner, now a shareholder in the country’s largest for-profit prison operator, has won a battle with company management over his campaign to hold the Corrections Corporation of America accountable for reducing sexual abuse at its facilities. The Securities and Exchange Commission has ruled that the shareholder resolution, calling attention to the issue of prison rape, can be included in proxy materials sent to CCA investors in advance of the company’s annual meeting. Continue reading
For Immediate Release: SEC Rejects Corrections Corporation of America’s Objection to Shareholder Effort to Reduce Prisoner Sexual Abuse
Criminal justice, sexual abuse prevention and women’s right organizations support shareholder resolution to hold CCA accountable for reducing rape and sexual abuse of prisoners at the company’s for-profit detention facilities.
Nashville, TN – Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected efforts by Corrections Corporation of America (NYSE: CXW), the nation’s largest private prison company, to exclude a shareholder resolution that seeks to hold CCA accountable for reducing incidents of rape and sexual abuse at the company’s for-profit detention facilities. Continue reading
Private Prison Corporation Offers Cash In Exchange For State Prisons
A June 2005 file photo of the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut, Ohio, which the state sold to Corrections Corporation of America last year.
As state governments wrestle with massive budget shortfalls, a Wall Street giant is offering a solution: cash in exchange for state property. Prisons, to be exact.
Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s largest operator of for-profit prisons, has sent letters recently to 48 states offering to buy up their prisons as a remedy for “challenging corrections budgets.” In exchange, the company is asking for a 20-year management contract, plus an assurance that the prison would remain at least 90 percent full, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Huffington Post. Continue reading
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Report Reveals Widespread Problems in Arizona’s Private Prisons: Cites Safety Issues, Lack of Accountability, and Cost
Phoenix: A Quaker group that has been advocating against prison privatization in Arizona will release an extensive report reviewing the safety, quality, and cost of private prisons in Arizona. The state is currently soliciting bids for construction and management of 2,000 new prison beds to for-profit operators, a move that would cost state taxpayers millions of dollars every year with little public safety return on the investment. Continue reading