Are Private Prisons Using Forced Labor?
Bloomberg Business Week Close to 60,000 current and former detainees are suing Geo Group Inc., one of the largest U.S. private prison companies, for allegedly violating federal anti-trafficking laws by coercing them to work for free under threat of solitary confinement.
Opinion: Maggots, food shortages and contraband — this week in Michigan prison scandals
Detroit Free Press In three separate recent incidents, inmates at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility found moldy food, crunchy dirt in mashed potatoes, and maggots in or near food, provided by outside contractor Trinity Services Group of Florida.
How the Prison Phone Industry Further Isolates Prisoners
The American Prospect The high profits of expensive phone calls and video visits are often too lucrative for prisons—which can get a share of those profits—to pass up.
They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants
Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter,
Reveal News In the rush to spare people from prison, judges are steering defendants into rehabs that are little more than lucrative work camps for private industry, turning thousands of men and women into indentured servants.
Private Prison GEO Group to Pay $60,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment And Retaliation Lawsuit
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) The lawsuit also alleged that Geo assigned Ms. Jones to less desirable posts, disciplined, and terminated her after she complained about the harassment and participated in protected activity under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Arkansas seeks bids for privatization of juvenile centers
Associated Press Hutchinson said the Arkansas Department of Human Services recommended soliciting a private operator, and that bids were likely to go out in December. The winning bid is expected to be announced in March, and the facilities would be taken over in July.
Harris County Nixes Private Prisons
Houston Public Media Sheriff Ed Gonzalez moved all Harris County inmates back in-house, potentially saving millions in taxpayer dollars.
Trump Immigration Crackdown Is Great for Private Prison Stocks
New York Times Nightmarish as the last two months have been for immigrants threatened by detention or deportation, it has been a marvelous time for two companies that stand to benefit from the Trump administration’s policies.
Memo Restoring Use of Private Prisons Is Good News for One Company
Moyers & Company Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ four-sentence memo rescinding Justice Department guidance to reduce the use of private prisons sent stock soaring for the two companies that dominate the industry, Geo Group and CoreCivic.
Private prison deprived inmates of heat and hot water for months, lawmaker finds
Mary Ellen Klas,
Miami Herald The 284 women housed in C-dorm at Gadsden Correctional Facility lived for months without hot water or heat, faced flooded bathrooms daily and endured water rations when the septic tanks were jammed with food waste.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Justice Department Private Prisons Announcement
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