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Justice Department Begins Phase-Out of Private Prisons
Five Texas prisons currently under contract with federal government
News Story  August 25, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Currently, the Federal Bureau of Prisons contracts with 13 prisons owned by three corporations – Corrections Corporation of America, the GEO Group Inc., and Management & Training Corporation – in Texas, California, Oklahoma, Georgia, New Mexico, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Five of those 13 prisons are in Texas: the Giles W..."

Who Fired Tony Fabelo?
Last year's veto of the Criminal Justice Policy Council reflects a private agenda at the governor's office
News Story  April 30, 2004, by Lucius Lomax
"...No one is certain how much direct involvement the governor had – other than, of course, signing the veto proclamation. The Capitol presumption is that the real heavy in the aftermath of HB 1669 was Perry's chief of staff, Toomey, also a former lobbyist for the Corrections Corporation of America – then managing one state jail and with plenty to gain from further privatization..."

Choosing Detention Over Death
Refugees come to the U.S. seeking protection, find detention instead
News Story  December 23, 2015, by Dina Samir Shehata
"...During her first interview, M was not able to understand the questions asked. Like many indigenous migrants from Central America, Spanish is M's second language, and the questions were asked at a pace she could not keep up with...."

Judge to Feds: Obey the Law
Orders Department of Justice to begin releasing children and mothers
DAILY News  July 28, 2015, by Michael King
"...3 to respond and somehow persuade the court that its family detention policy does not violate a consent decree concerning immigrant children in effect since 1997. If the DOJ is unsuccessful in that motion or any appeal, the ruling could start to empty the South Texas, for-profit family detention centers at Karnes City (operated by the GEO Group) and Dilley (Corrections Corporation of America)...."

Opposition to Immigrant Detention Centers Mounting
DAILY News  September 27, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...Approximately 100 people convened at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga., on Sept. 15, after a weeklong 105-mile march to protest treatment of detainees at the private, for-profit facility operated by Corrections Corpor­ation of America, under contract with U.S..."

Lege Ponders "Jails 'R' Us"
Lege proposals to privatize jails may not be the cost-cutter supporters claim.
News Story  April 18, 2003, by Jordan Smith
"...of Criminal Justice. Legislators are clearly focused on the prison industry's claims of "cost savings" to the state through privatization -- a seductive notion coming from the PR mouths of large corporations like Wackenhut or Corrections Corporation of America, especially in cash-strapped times..."

Cover-up at Hutto?
Alleged incident of 'inappropriate contact' between guard and detainee at T. Don Hutto Family Residential Facility puts Immigration and Customs Enforcement in hot seat again
News Story  June 1, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor. Operated by the for-profit Corrections Corporation of America, administered by Williamson County, and funded by ICE, the Hutto detention center incarcerates federal detainees subject to deportation – specifically women and children, a practice that has rained international ire upon the facility..."

Detention Center Lawsuits Begin
ACLU files 10 lawsuits on behalf of immigrant children who were detained at the T. Don Hutto Family Detention Center in Taylor
News Story  March 9, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...The American Civil Liberties Union has filed 10 lawsuits on behalf of 10 immigrant children from Lithuania, Canada, Haiti, Honduras, Somalia, and Guyana, who were detained at the T Don Hutto Family Detention Center in Taylor. The lawsuits allege that the facility inhumanely jails children and violates standards in place for a decade..."

Naked City
UT students protest the school's contract with Sodexho Marriott, a major stockholder in the world's largest private prison system.
News Story  June 1, 2001, by Jennie Kennedy
"...UT students, allied with activists at universities across the nation, have been protesting the university's relationship with the food service provider for the past month because the company's major shareholder, the France-based Sodexho Alliance, is the largest shareholder of the Corrections Corporation of America. CCA is the nation's largest provider of corrections and detention management services to government agencies, with 65 facilities in 21 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico..."

Naked City
News Story  July 20, 2007
"...– Patricia J. Ruland Beyond City Limits• On Friday, from noon to 1pm, protesters will gravitate to the Austin location of Corrections Corporation of America, at 8015 Shoal Creek Blvd., to object to CCA's profiting from immigrant detention, particularly at the T..."

National Spotlight Shines on Detention Center
Things are getting dicey at Immigration and Customs Enforcement-affiliated facility in Taylor
News Story  February 16, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...Last Friday, ICE held an open house at TDH, so to speak, which was attended by major news outlets and human-rights organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union. Based on conversations with detainees, the ACLU may file suit citing "grave concerns" and a myriad of incivilities..."

Naked City
Prison reformers protest plans for a for-profit detention center near Laredo.
News Story  October 24, 2003, by Jordan Smith
"...The members of STOPP -- including the Texas Civil Rights Project and the ACLU's Jail and Prison Accountability Project -- are not only opposed to building more jails to house nonviolent first-time offenders, Villareal said, but are also opposed to this project because it will likely be run by a private vendor. So far, there are nine proposals to build the facility, eight of them from private vendors -- including incarceration-for-profit giants Wackenhut and Corrections Corporation of America..."

T. Don Hutto: Homeland Security Bars U.N. Inspector
Homeland Security clangs detention center's door shut on U.N. investigator Jorge Bustamante
News Story  May 11, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland
"..."rapporteur" (investigator) Jorge Bustamante was to have visited the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, the big house of increasingly ill repute owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America, which does a booming business – about $35 million a year – imprisoning immigrant families, including children..."

Refugees Remain in Taylor Prison
ACLU files suit to spring children from 'residential facility'
News Story  April 13, 2007, by Diana Welch
"...Small changes have since been made to the educational program, which was recently increased from two hours a day to seven. The facility – run by the largest private prison company in the world, Corrections Corporation of America – was a prison before it reopened for business almost a year ago as a "residential facility" for immigrant parents and their children, many of whom are asylum seekers..."

Immigrant Detention Blues
Unknown number of immigrants languish in private detention center in Taylor; a small but growing group is working to make their situation public knowledge
News Story  February 2, 2007, by Diana Welch
"...The Ibrahims' 3-year-old daughter, who was born since their arrival in the U.S. and is therefore an American citizen, is living with Salaheddin's brother, Ahmad Ibrahim, in the Dallas area..."

Naked City
News Story  April 27, 2007
"...Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, a joint venture of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Williamson County, and Corrections Corporation of America..."

Our latest batch
Columns  February 23, 2007
"...In the Feb. 9 guest "Point Austin" column by Dave Denison, we inadvertently but briefly changed the gender of Molly Ivins' dog Shit from female to male by referring to her in passing as "him." Also, in last week's "National Spotlight Shines on Detention Center," the referenced 2005 Williamson County Commissioners Court meeting, at which the contract with Corrections Corporation of America to manage the T..."

Weed Watch: Meddling Federal Lawmakers Share Blame in Senseless Medi-Pot Death
Barr and co. prevented D.C. voters from enacting law
News Story  September 30, 2005, by Jordan Smith
"...During the four days he was in jail, Magbie's health quickly deteriorated, and he was transferred multiple times between the Correctional Treatment Facility (run by the often-criticized private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America) at the D.C. Central Detention Facility and the Greater Southeast Community Hospital..."

Cash Cows
The Huddled Masses
News Story  December 18, 1998, by Lisa Tozzi
"...When asked about the Human Rights Watch report's findings, Ray Dudley, INS spokesman in San Antonio, said hastily, "none of our jails were mentioned." But several local Texas jails were indeed sharply criticized in the report. Among the specific incidents mentioned were a report that the privately operated Liberty County Jail, managed by the Corrections Corporation of America, failed to provide detainees with basic supplies, such as shoes or undergarments, even though the company makes a profit on the facility..."

Naked City
News Story  October 5, 2007
"...Hebert, who addressed the Charter Commission last week, said single-member districts boost minority participation initially – once candidates consider the district to be a "winnable" race – but participation often levels off after an incumbent is in office. Given the scattering of Austin's African-Amer­i­can and Hispanics across the city, Hebert is likely to draw districts where the majority is minority – possibly a combination of African-American and Hispanic or Hispan­ic and Asian – so minority vote is the deciding factor in the outcome of the election..."

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