Happy 4th (and human rights for some)

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On this 4th of July, as we remember and celebrate the freedoms declared in the “Declaration of Independence,” remember the numerous children (average age between 6-9) confined in conditions most Americans would not tolerate for their own children, such as four of the 35 children currently detained at Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania – aged three, four, seven and 16 – who have been at the Center for over 500 days. The imprisonment of children, started under the Obama administration, continues with Trump which means big business for over 250 jails and private prisons (such as GEO & CCA) at a cost of over $2 billion a year.

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ICE Round Ups Good For Business – Private Prisons that is…

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According to CoreCivic, (formerly Corrections Corporation of America), CEO Damon Hininger, Obergropenfurher Drumpf’s (i.e El Trumpe) inspired round up is good for business, at least private prison business. In an earnings call, Hininger discussed the potential impact on the detention business if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity increases. “When coupled with the above average rate of crossings along the Southwest border, these executive orders appear likely to significantly increase the need for safe, humane and appropriate detention bed capacity,” and that “more detention capacity could be needed after two Trump executive orders last month” Hininger said according to of the A.P.  Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan said recently that the government is looking for more jail beds.

Previously, “The Tennessean” reported (11/9/16) that Trump’s election would be a rally for CoreCivic.  According to the article, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had said that she would end federal contracts with private prisons and immigration detention centers. In the first presidential debate, she commended the Justice Department for phasing them out and said states should end their use as well. “You shouldn’t have a profit motivation to fill prison cells with young Americans,” she said during the debate.

In its rebuke of private prison operators, the Justice Department had said these companies do not offer significant cost savings and fail to provide the same level of resources and safety as federally run facilities. A report from the Office of the Inspector General found that privately run prisons had more safety and security incidents per capita than those run by the Bureau of Prisons. CoreCivic prisons had the highest rates of fights and inmate-on-inmate assaults.

“Safe, humane and appropriate,” yeah, right.

Links to read more below. (Bauer’s article is excellent):

For Profit Immigration Detention

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4 Months in a Private Prison – Bauer