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[30 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

CCA landed a spot on Forbes’ 200 Best Big Companies (2009). This is the third time the company made the list. In 2007, CCA was named Forbes’ best business services and supplies company for 2007.

Source: Forbes

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[28 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]
Williamson County renews family detention contract

In a 4-1 vote, Williamson County in Taylor, Texas decided to renew its contract with Corrections Corp. of America-run family detention facility  T. Don Hutto. Williamson County Commissioners made the decision on Tuesday, Dec. 23.
The much-criticized 512-bed facility, a former medium-security prison, has been used to detain immigrants awaiting hearings since 2006. It is one of two facilities that house families. The other is the Berks County Shelter Car Facility in PA.

According to the Austin American-Statesmen, Precinct 4 Commission Ron Morrison said, “If I thought kids and adults were being …

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[19 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]
Border Patrol called in to quell riot at Geo-run facility in Pecos, Texas

There was an uprising at the GEO-run facility Reeves County Detention Center, a medium security prison housing mainly inmates detained for immigration law violations, in Pecos, Texas.
The riot, which involved 1300 prisoners, ended last Saturday after detainees released two prison employees who were held as hostages.
It began when rioting prisoners ignited a fire in one of the facilities’ recreational buildings and were evacuated to an outdoor containment area (the yard). The rioting prisoners took two recreation workers hostage and held them prisoner in the yard, reported the U.S. Customs and Border …

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[18 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

The contract to detain Immigrant families at a controversial detention center in Texas is up for renewal and opponents say the economic crisis is reason to let the agreement drop. They also cite the possibility that President-elect Obama will follow-up on his campaign promise to adjust immigration enforcement policy, and even move the Department of Homeland Security to the Commerce Department.
12/18/2008   Press Release:  T Don Hutto Contract Risky Business

Opponents to the T Don Hutto prison for non-criminal immigrant families and children located in Taylor, Texas, have consistently protested its basic inhumane conception …

Enforcement, Policy »

[18 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]
Congress may be grumbling about border fence goal, patrol agents up

The $2.7 billion border fence that is suppose to stretch some 700 miles along the U.S.-Mexico border has been a point of contention since funding for it was passed by Congress with the Secure Fence Act of 2006. The entire border is about 1,951 miles.
The Customs and Border Patrol who oversees its construction hopes to end the calendar year with its goal at 670 miles of fence, although the fence isn’t continuous in some areas, Border Patrol Asst. Chief Lloyd Easterling told CNSNews.com.
However, some lawmakers may not be happy with …

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[16 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

The Associated Press reported that Hall County officials will lease an empty detention center to Corrections Corp. of America (CCA) that will be used to house federal immigration detainees, starting as early as January 2009.
The facility Hall County Detention Center will also dawn a new name, North Georgia Detention Center. Currently, the facility has been empty for more than a year, when immates were moved to a $52 million jail last year.
CCA spokeswoman Louise Grant expects “the firm will be doing construction and renovation work on the jail in January,” …

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[16 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

Details:
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Time: 3-5 PM
Location: Don T. Hutto Detention Center
1001 Welch St.
Taylor, TX
More on: tdonhutto.blogstpot.com
Please join organizations and individuals from across the state in the third annual December vigil to end family detention, Saturday, December 20th, from 3-5pm.
Organizers will deliver more than 500 toys, books, and children’s clothes to the facility in time for the holiday season. Toys should be in their original packaging and not be on any recall-list to be accepted into the facility. More information at TDonHutto.blogspot.com.
Austin carpool will leave 2604 E. Cesar Chavez in Austin …

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[16 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

From ICE:
PHILADELPHIA – Today, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) launched the Secure Communities program in Bucks and Montgomery counties to better identify and remove criminal aliens from these communities. This program, administered by DHS’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), will now check the immigration history of every individual booked into detention facilities in the two counties. Additionally, ICE will be automatically notified when non U.S. citizens are in custody to determine if follow-up action is necessary.
“Secure Communities will create a constant ICE presence at every local …

Enforcement, Policy, Prosecution »

[14 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

LA Times reporter Evelyn Larrubia reported that immigrant detainees and those arrested for federal crimes will have DNA samples taken beginning January 9. Samples could be taken at the time of arrest before a conviction is made, much like a fingerprint to determine identification.
The new rules came from the Justice Department this week and is part of a 2005 law, authored by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).
According to the Times:
The law authorizes the department to include pre-conviction DNA samples in its national database, said the change would help prevent …

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[14 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

St. Teresa’s Social Concerns & Justice Committee would like to invite you to a panel discussion on current immigration policy and potential reforms. The issues of immigration enforcement, detention, and family reunification will be among those we examine through the lens of our faith. The date was selected to coincide with Holy Family’s Flight into Egypt and in observance of National Migration Week.
Event: Immigration Panel
All God’s Children Together on a Journey of Hope
When:
Monday, January 5, 2009
Location:
St. Teresa’s – Memorial Hall
306 Morris Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
Speakers include:
Amy Gottlieb
Amy Gottlieb is the …