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[5 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

In earnings reports released this week the nation’s two largest private prison operators cited “significant growth opportunities” for detaining immigrants, driven largely by the Obama administration’s emphasis on detaining “criminal aliens.”
The GEO Group – an international private prison operator that draws about 75 percent of its revenue from controlling a quarter of the U.S. private prison industry – said it believes that “this federal initiative to target, detain, and deport “criminal aliens” throughout the country will continue to drive the need for immigration detention beds over the next several years.”
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[7 Oct 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

On the same day that Corrections Corporation of America opened a new 500-bed immigrant detention center in Georgia, Homeland Security officials released a highly anticipated review of detention centers. Accompanied by recommendations and next steps, the review promises better federal oversight and health care in the largely outsourced network of prisons and jails that house a daily average of 32,000 people with pending immigration and refugee status requests.
“The government has recognized that it has a massive system with serious problems, and has identified steps to ameliorate the situation,” …

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[18 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Terra Magazine columnist and New York-based writer, Pablo Calvi, spoke with the authors of this website about their reporting on privatized immigrant detention under the Bush administration, and what type of detention policies they anticipate from the Obama administration.
This is the first time BusinessofDetention.com has been profiled in a Spanish language publication.
You can read the story, with excerpts from the complete interview here.

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 …

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[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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[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 …

Detention, Enforcement, Policy, Prosecution »

[10 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

The Nov./Dec. 2008 edition of NACLA Report on the Americas features a report by Renee Feltz examining how immigration officials have teamed up with the Department of Justice, federal judges, and the nation’s largest private prison company to merge immigration and criminal policy. Many undocumented immigrants now face jail time pending their immigration hearing in civil court. The resulting surge in prosecutions is staggering: About 60,000 immigrants will face charges in fiscal year 2008. See PDF of story here: nacla_feltz
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