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[2 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
B of D Reporters published in The American Prospect

Business of Detention Reporters Renee Feltz and Stokely Baksh were published on The American Prospect site. In their article “Detention Retention,” they examine what enforcement and detention prospects will look like under the Obama administration.
President Obama has tried to split the difference between comprehensive immigration-reform advocates and law-and-order types. But for immigrants in detention, not much has changed since the Bush era…
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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.

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[8 May 2009 | One Comment | ]

The nation’s largest private prison provider has more empty beds than this time last year – occupancy rates at Corrections Corporation of America facilities now average 89.4 percent, compared to 97 percent in 2008.
But CCA is not seeing a downturn in demand. It added 9,300 new beds into service between 2008 and 2009, and saw an increase of 4.2 percent in population, company officials said Thursday in a conference call with investors to discuss their 2009 First Quarter earnings.
Many of these new beds will be filled with immigrants detained along …

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[15 Apr 2009 | One Comment | ]
Business of Detention nominated for a Webby

We’re excited to announce that we’ve been nominated for a Webby Award in the student category. We’ll be competing against some stiff competitors: butv10: TerrierVision; University of North Carolina; Mission Local / UC Berkeley Journalism School, and Wayland Student Press Network.
If you like us, then show your support by voting for us for the Webby People’s Voice award. Voting continues until April 30 at http://www.pv.webbyawards.com.
Here’s all you need to do:

Create a free account at the People’s Voice Award page.
Login and click on Website – Vote Now!
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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 …

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[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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[20 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]
Wyatt detention center workers could face criminal charges

WCVB TV in Boston reports that workers at the Wyatt Detention Facility could face criminal charges for the death of Hiu Lui Ng. An investigation by ICE found workers denied Mr. Ng medical care and access to counsel.
The report (PDF) details how a doctor at the facility prescribed him Motrin and Tylenol for his back pain, which was caused by advanced stage cancer. In a heavily redacted part of the report, investigators describe how Mr. Ng tried to meet with his lawyer as part of a drawn-out process to be …

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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 …

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[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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