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Article • December 12, 2017
Filed under: Corizon, Medical
Health Care Crisis Declared at Florida Women’s Reception Center; Voids Contract by David Reutter by David M. Reutter Florida’s Correctional Medical Authority (CMA) declared a health care emergency at the Florida Women’s Reception Center (FWRC).  The crisis at FWRC is just another red flag since Florida officials privatized it in ...
Article • December 11, 2017
Private Prison Profits Drive Increase in Immigrant Detentions by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Although most of the discussion in the past several months has been the continuing decrease in the number of prisoners in the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to slightly more than 200,000, the Department of Homeland ...
Publication • December 11, 2017
Filed under: Private Prisons
JPM Chase Financial Ties to Private Prisons 2017 JPMorgan Chase: Financier to Private Prisons The Center for Popular Democracy and Make the Road New York The nation’s two largest private prison and immigrant detention corporations-­‐-­‐CoreCivic (formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America) and Geo Group-­‐-­‐rely on billions of dollars of ...
Pressure from Advocacy Group Leads University of California to Partially Divest from Wells Fargo by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Following demands from the Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC), the University of California has agreed to terminate $475 million worth of contracts with Wells Fargo Bank. According to a press release ...
Private Prison Company’s Announcement to Reduce Recidivism Criticized as PR Ploy by In October 31, 2017, CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest for-profit prison company, announced via a press release that it was launching an initiative to advocate for policies designed to reduce recidivism. ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Prisoner’s Escape from Understaffed Private Prison Results in Staff Discipline by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Four guards at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls, Rhode Island were placed on administrative leave after a prisoner escaped on New Years Eve 2016. James Morales, 35, scaled the backboard ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Seventh Circuit: Corizon May be Liable for Failure to Coordinate Medical Care by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On February 21, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in an en banc ruling, held that Correctional Medical Services, Inc. (now known as Corizon Health) may be held liable for deciding ...
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Florida Prisoners Denied Hernia Surgery Reach $2.1 Million Settlement by David Reutter by David M. Reutter A $2.1 million settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit alleging the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) and Corizon, the department’s former private medical provider, denied hernia operations to prisoners to save money.  ...
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Climate Refugees in Toxic Immigrant Jails Are Victims of Environmental Racism by Candice Bernd by Candice Bernd, Truthout In April 2017, the Northwest Washington again made headlines after more than 100 immigrant detainees launched a hunger strike to protest the conditions inside the for-profit immigration jail. The demands reflected many ...
ICE Detainee Sent to Solitary Confinement for Encouraging Protest of “Voluntary” Low-Wage Labor by Spencer Woodman by Spencer Woodman, reprinted with permission from The Intercept In June, officials at a privately run Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in rural Georgia sentenced an immigrant detainee to a month in solitary ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
IRS Audit Prompts New Mexico County to Convert Bonds Used for ICE Facility by Joe Watson by Joe Watson An Internal Revenue Service audit of tax-free bonds used to develop an immigrant detention facility in New Mexico was closed once the bonds were converted to taxable status. Otero County issued ...
Profiting Off Mass Incarceration: Detroit Pistons Owner Buys Private Prison Phone Company by Brian Dolinar by Brian Dolinar, Truthout The election of Donald Trump has already given an economic boost to those profiting from mass incarceration. The stock prices of the two biggest private prison builders – CoreCivic (formerly Corrections ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Private Probation Company Agrees to End Drug Testing Absent Court Order by David Reutter by David Reutter In a preliminary consent order, Sentinel Offender Services, a private probation company, agreed to stop its practice of drug testing probationers without court approval. The order was entered in a class-action case challenging ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Corizon Loses Indiana DOC Medical Contract Amid Lawsuits by David Reutter by David Reutter In 2005, at the urging of then-Governor Mitch Daniels, the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) awarded a contract to privatize medical care for prisoners. The winning bidder, Prison Health Services, merged in 2011 with Correctional Medical ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against County Jail in New York by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The family of deceased prisoner Jimmy Richardson filed a federal lawsuit against the Schenectady County Jail in New York in April 2017, alleging that the facility and its medical contractor, Correctional Medical Care, ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Louisiana Corrections Secretary: More Private Prisons Won’t Save Money by Privatizing more prisons will not save Louisiana money now or in the long run, according to the state’s Public Safety and Corrections Secretary, Jimmy LeBlanc. LeBlanc is opposed to House Concurrent Resolution 30, proposed by state Rep. Jack McFarland, which ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
$60,000 Settlement in GEO Group Employee’s Sexual Harassment Case by The GEO Group -- one of the nation's largest private prison firms, which is frequently the subject of scandal arising from repeated human rights violations at its for-profit facilities – has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought against the company ...
DOJ Audit Rips Privately-operated Federal Facility; Trump Administration Presses Forward by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In December 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), a watchdog agency within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), issued an audit of the federal Bureau of Prisons’ contract with private prisoner company ...
Florida Lawmaker Visits Prisons, Audits Private Prison Contracts by David Reutter by David Reutter In prison after prison across the state, over a period of two years, Florida state Representative David Richardson found that toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, pillows, sheets, shirts and soap were often withheld from prisoners, especially those in ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Misdemeanor Trespassing Arrest Leads to Permanent Impairment by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis In March 2015, 53-year-old Ralph Karl Ingrim suffered a seizure at a Dollar General store in Amarillo, Texas. A store clerk was kind enough to call the police to have him removed. When they arrived, Ingrim allegedly ...
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