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Fuerza!: The Fight Against SB 1070 and the Prison Industry in Arizona

On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its ruling on the constitutionality of Arizona’s infamous SB 1070, leaving intact Section 2(b), which significantly expands police authority to check Arizonan’s papers. National civil rights groups have now asked a lower court to block Section 2(b) on Fourth Amendment and Equal Protection grounds, but the provision … Continue reading

Associated Press: Immigrants Prove Big Business for Prison Companies

A recent Associated Press article describing prison industry profiteering on immigrantscommunities was picked up by outlets across the country, including the USA Today and ABC News. The article describes the “seismic shift” which has occurred over the past ten years and has seen the immigration detention system shift toward wholesale privatization. This massive increase in … Continue reading

Louisiana Incarcerated: How we built the world’s prison capital–The Times Picayune

Check out the recent eight part series released by New Orleans Time Picayune on how recent overhauls in Louisana’s prison policy has created financial incentives for politicians to fill up prison beds. Below is an excerpt of on article from the series. Article is reposted from NOLA.com.   North Louisiana family is a major force … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Private Prisons Profit From Immigration Crackdown, Federal And Local Law Enforcement Partnerships

Below is a must-read article on the connection between immigration law, the incarceration of families, the private prison industry, and profits. PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. — On a flat and desolate stretch of Interstate 10 some 50 miles south of Phoenix, a sheriff’s deputy pulls over a green Chevy Tahoe speeding westbound and carrying three young … Continue reading

Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention – Al Jazeera English

Check out this informative video on the private prison industry from Al Jazeera English’s Faultines: Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention – Fault Lines – Al Jazeera English. Immigration is a key issue in the US presidential election, with the Republican candidates trying to demonstrate their tough stance on undocumented immigrants. But under the Obama administration, … Continue reading

CCA Offers to Buy State Prisons in Exchange for Long-Term Contracts

A recent article in the Huffington Post reports that CCA has approached the governors of 48 states with an offer to buy and manage existing state prisons. As part of its Corrections Investment Initiative, CCA has earmarked $250 million for purchasing and managing government-owned correctional facilities. In exchange for purchasing prisons from cash-strapped states, CCA demands a minimum … Continue reading