Posts Tagged ‘corrections corporation of america’

How the private detention industry courted Crete

Posted on: May 16th, 2012 by Siddhartha Mahanta 5 Comments

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UPDATE: On Monday, June 11, Crete officials voted unanimously to end the town’s negotiations with the Corrections Corporation of America.

The fight over a proposed privately run federal immigration detention center in Illinois is raising thorny questions about the benefits and drawbacks of these facilities. (more…)

Corrections Corporation of America wants to buy Florida prisons

Posted on: February 15th, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments
The Huffington Post reported on Tuesday that a private prison company had approached 48 states — of which Florida is one — to trade cash in exchange for contracts to run state prisons.


Local Sierra Club opposes South Florida immigration detention center

Posted on: February 13th, 2012 by The American Independent 1 Comment

Protesters demonstrate against the Corrections Corporation of America/Southwest Ranches proposal (FLORIDA INDEPENDENT/Marcos Restrepo).

The Broward Group of the Sierra Club last week announced its opposition to the federal immigration detention center set to be built in the South Florida town of Southwest Ranches.


Activists praise ICE decision not to open new family detention center in Texas

Posted on: February 8th, 2012 by Teddy Wilson 6 Comments

Prior to 2009, undocumented immigrant families were detained in a private prison facility in Taylor, Texas. The T. Don Hutto Residential Center, owned by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), profited from a government contract to imprison undocumented families. After the ACLU of Texas sued the T. Don Hutto Center and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2007 for detaining immigrant children, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) changed its policy on family detention in Texas. (more…)

Campaign finance watchdog says $1M behind Florida prison privatization move

Posted on: January 31st, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments
The National Institute on Money in State Politics released a report Monday that highlights the money behind the Florida’s renewed plans to privatize state prisons.


Occupiers arrested in Florida; protests continue against investor conference (UPDATE)

Posted on: January 24th, 2012 by The American Independent 2 Comments

An Occupy Miami poster (source: Facebook)

Updated 5:15 p.m., with video footage of the arrests.

Three protesters from the Occupy movements of Palm Beach and Miami were arrested Monday evening after they blocked the Camino Real bridge in Boca Raton to protest the 2012 GAIM conference, a major investor industry event. (more…)

‘Nobody’ in Pembroke Pines wants proposed immigration detention center, commissioner says

Posted on: December 15th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

Protesters demonstrate against the proposed ICE facility (Photo: FLORIDA INDEPENDENT/Marcos Restrepo).

Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo tells The Florida Independent that as an immigrant and an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform he abhors the proposed immigration detention center to be built on a lot surrounded by his city.


GOP Senate candidate says he opposes South Florida immigration detention center

Posted on: December 8th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

GOP Senate candidate George LeMieux, left (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Nicole Bieneman)

GOP Senate candidate George LeMieux issued a statement today opposing a publicly funded, privately managed immigration detention center to built in South Florida.