New York becomes latest state to reject private prisons

New York becomes another state that is set to kick the private prison industry to the curb. Under S5433, New York is set to push harder to remove the support for private prisons by banks, to prohibit operation of private prisons, and to divest the state’s ties to these companies, notably GEO Group and CCA.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/morgansimon/2019/06/18/new-york-to-become-first-state-to-be-completely-done-with-private-prisons/#743bec98725b

New GEO Group executive Joe Negron was bought and paid for years ago

The Boca Raton private prison company, GEO Group is now led by former Senator Joe Negron. Negron has been taking their money for a long time and as Politico reported, his wife’s political effort is also championed by the bloated, inefficient, and corrupt GEO Group, a private prison company at the center of the immigration issue. He has been taking their contributions for years while in office and now will take a formal paycheck.

As with CCA and other companies in the for profit business, GEO Group is banking on tax payers and then paying its executive’s millions. This betrayal of the public in their effort to enforce justice is just one part of the problem. Why should a State Senator who had a hand in approving their deals be able to profit off of his policy work on their behalf later? This was pointed out by the critics who called the entire arrangement corrupt and renewed a call to end the for-profit prison industry.

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2018/12/03/negron-takes-general-counsel-gig-with-geo-group-723614

 

This Private Prison Company Is Getting Rich Off Donald Trump’s Immigration Crackdown

This Private Prison Company Is Getting Rich Off Donald Trump’s Immigration Crackdown

The Trump administration is cracking down on undocumented immigrants—and the GEO Group’s shareholders couldn’t be happier.

A private prison company currently being sued for human trafficking expects to handle one quarter of President Donald Trump’s immigrant detention.

The company, GEO Group, contracts with governments around the world to incarcerate 100,000 people, and its top executives expressed optimism on a public shareholder call on Tuesday about how Trump’s immigration crackdown will impact their business. It’s indicative of a cultural overhaul taking place under the Trump administration——where well-connected multi-national corporations are poised to see significant financial gains because of tougher immigration law enforcement.
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CCA lawsuit exposes private prisons letting inmates kill each other.

America’s Biggest Private Prison Company Let Inmates Kill Each Other, Lawsuit Claims

Private-prison guards maced Kyle Tiffee as he bled to death after being repeatedly stabbed in a gang battle last year.

According to a lawsuit filed by Tiffee’s family, every element of the chaotic fight—right down to the light fixtures made into shanks—can be blamed onCorrections Corporation of America.

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Campaign talk about ending private prisons well received

As the politicians wrap up this season’s melees of madness, it is always good to look at what policies gained ground with the populace as the candidates canvased the nation for votes. This cycle we saw more talk about private prisons than before. First it was an overlapping conversation between the Sanders campaign and an accusation that the Clinton campaign was taking money from the private prison industry. By the end of the primary however, the Hillary campaign had taken the narrative on fully that it was time to end private prisons.

Betsy Woodruff of the Daily Beast wrote a new article on how well received this message has been received on the road.

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WAPO: Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday in a memo that instructs officials to either decline to renew the contracts for private prison operators when they expire or “substantially reduce” the contracts’ scope. The goal, Yates wrote, is “reducing — and ultimately ending — our use of privately operated prisons.”

Read at Washington Post

Predatory Pricing for Inmate calls stopped by FCC

http://jonathanturley.org/2015/10/25/fcc-votes-to-end-predatory-pricing-of-inmate-telephone-calls/

From Jonathan Turley’s blog:

We previously featured an article on how the practice of private organizations charging predatory tolls on inmate telephone calls. Now, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), a regulatory agency of the U.S. Government, voted to enact guidelines limiting these tolls to be more in-line with reasonable costs that the agency believes will balance inmate needs with legitimate rates of return required by carriers to remain viable in their business venture.

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Texas Fertile Ground for Private Prison Industry

From Houston Chronicle:

A prison in south Texas erupted with rioting this week. Some 2,000 inmates started fires and took over the Willacy County Correctional Center. Authorities needed two days to wrest back control of the immigration detention facility in Raymondville near the Mexico border.

The inmate complaints that preceded the riot are similar to those heard of many U.S. for-profit prisons. Texas has dozens of these controversial facilities.
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