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[17 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]
Vote for Business of Detention for SXSW’s People’s Choice Award

We’re excited to announce that the Business of Detention project has been selected as a 2009 Finalist in the “Student” category at the South by Southwest Interactive Web Awards. The site will also compete for a People’s Choice Award (the online public’s favorite finalist). Winners are announced March 15, 2009.
The Business of Detention project was created by reporters Renee Feltz (’08) and Stokely Baksh (’08), while graduate students at Columbia University’s Graduate of Journalism. Our desire was to create an innovative way to present the business of privatized immigration detention …

Detention, Enforcement, Policy »

[11 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

Corrections Corporation of America‘s share prices sunk Tuesday after it announced lower earnings than expected in its annual report, but executives said they are “bullish” about the leading private prison provider’s long term future. Even as states cut their corrections budgets, immigrant detainees will provide CCA a steady source of income.
“The detainee growth will come from lots of sources,” CCA CEO John Ferguson told analysts during a telephone conference call. “So there is no reason to believe that these populations won’t just creep up over time.”
The current budget for Immigration …

Detention, Policy »

[6 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

ICE is looking for a private contractor to carry out inspections at 175 of its immigrant detention centers.
The successful contractor will provide Compliance Inspection Teams (CIT) for annual and pre-occupancy inspections at detention facilities. Each CIT assessment shall assess the detention facility status for compliance with all applicable ICE Detention Standards and provide an inspection report on ICE designated forms.
This is the latest round of annual inspections outsourced by the agency. The first round of semi-annual reports was released in May 2008. In a June 2008 report, ICE’s Office …

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[5 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

Corrections Corporation of America is touring the Donald W. Wyatt detention center, the Providence Journal reports, suggesting the facility may be on the market.

According to W. Zachary Malinowski, Mayor Charles D. Moreau confirmed CCA — and other private prison operators — has shown interest in buying the jail, and that CCA representatives toured the facility Thursday.
The facility first gained media attention last August when Hiu Lui “Jason” Ng, a 33-year-old computer engineer from New York, died of complications from cancer while in detention. Critics criticized it for providing inadequate medical …

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[2 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

News reports from Texas announced there was a second riot this past weekend at the Geo-run Reeves Detention Center in Pecos, Texas, in less than two months. Reeves is a medium security prison housing mainly inmates detained for immigration law violations.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the riot took place at the detention center’s 1 and 2 units. It is unknown what started the riot.
Back in December, Border Patrol was called in to quell rioters, after rioting prisoners ignited a fire in one of the facilities’ recreational buildings and took two …