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23 December 2017

Private prison investors set for giant windfall from Trump tax bill

Author: Jamiles Lartey, The Guardian (UK)

Individual investors in US private prisons are poised to collect their most lucrative earnings ever thanks to changes in the tax code signed by Donald Trump...Under the new GOP law, investments in so-called “real estate investment trusts” (reits) will...

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13 October 2017

USA: Supreme Court rejects private prisons’ request to limit release of govt. documents on their immigration detention practices

Author: Detention Watch Network (DWN) & Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

"Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Government Transparency Against Private Prison Corporations", 10 Oct 2017 ......

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29 June 2017

Former detainees at immigration detention center file lawsuit, alleging modern-day slavery

Author: Felicia Persaud, New York Amsterdam News (USA)

Although... private prisons—which have federal contracts with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house people accused of civil violations of immigration law until they are deported or released—can legally require detainees to clean up...

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9 November 2016

"The first big winners of Donald Trump’s victory are private prison companies, whose stocks are soaring"

Author: Hanna Kozlowska Jason Karaian, Quartz

Following the election of Donald Trump to US president, shares in the country’s two major private-prison companies soared, presumably banking on a hike in immigration detentions under a Trump administration, and a better climate for privatizing...

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7 July 2016

USA: Private firms transporting prisoners often neglect health & safety - some die in transit, says NY Times report

Author: Eli Hager & Alysia Santo, New York Times (USA)

"Private Prisoner Vans’ Long Road of Neglect", 6 July 2016...

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2 May 2016

USA: Experts urge Hawai'i govt. to secure prisoners' safety & other human rights protections in contract with private prison firm CCA

Author: Rui Kaneya, Honolulu Civil Beat (USA)

"Experts: Act Now To Improve The Contract With An Arizona Prison"...

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19 June 2013

Idaho dumps prison contractor [USA]

Author: Rebecca Boone, Associated Press

Idaho prison leaders are looking for a new company to run the state's largest prison after Corrections Corporation of America admitted to understaffing and overbilling for...operating the Idaho Correctional Center...The...Center has a been rife with...

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1 March 2012

Righting the record on prison rape [USA]

Author: Sadhbh Walshe, Guardian [UK]

Alex Friedmann[’s]…recent proposal that the CCA's [Corrections Corporation of America]…provide…reports to their stockholders about the company's efforts to reduce incidents of rape and sexual abuse in their facilities was greeted with outright horror...

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21 October 2011

Immigrant Detainees Report Nearly 200 Instances Of Sexual Abuse [USA]

Author: Elise Foley, Huffington Post [USA]

The ACLU of Texas lawsuit was filed on behalf of three women...who say they were assaulted by detention guards and officers...In each case, the victims say they were abused on the way to the airport after posting bond to be released from detention...

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21 August 2009

Hurdles Shown in Detention Reform [USA]

Author: Nina Bernstein, New York Times

In the fall of 2006, a man’s death brought a team of government investigators to the large, privately run immigration jail in Eloy, Ariz...Medical care was so poor, the team later warned federal immigration officials, that “detainee welfare is in...

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