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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), Published on: 13 October 2017

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

[T]he Supreme Court denied a petition by private prison corporations seeking to block the release of government documents about their immigration detention practices. In a case brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Detention Watch Network (DWN), under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a federal district court ruled in July 2016, that the government must release details of its contracts with private prison corporations...

[T]he country's two largest private prison corporations, GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), recently rebranded as "CoreCivic," intervened to appeal the decision... GEO then petitioned the Supreme Court for a full review of the case...

[DWN] and [CCR] first filed the FOIA litigation in November 2013 to obtain information about the workings of the detention bed quota, which requires the funding of 34,000 immigration beds at any given time... which immigrant rights groups...argue has incentivized growing immigrant detention and removal operations and rendered immigrants a source of profit for contractors...

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Related companies: CoreCivic GEO Group