John Oliver Takes on the U.S. Prison System With Puppets

By: Monday July 21, 2014 3:17 pm

If you haven’t been watching HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver you’re really missing out. Oliver takes advantage of the weekly format to devote long segments to topics that don’t often get a hearing from other late night comedians, let alone the corporate news media — often with hilarious results.

Last night’s episode provided a perfect example as Oliver spent 17 minutes eviscerating the national disgrace that is the U.S. prison system.

 

Stop Corrections Corporation of America From Profiting Off Ohio Private Immigrant Prison

By: Monday July 7, 2014 3:16 pm

Corrections Corporations of America — the nation’s largest private prison company — is bidding to renew its contract for a troubled immigrant detention center in Youngstown, OH.

But a new study uncovered insect-infested and overcrowded cells, understaffed medical personnel, and a ‘warehouse and forget’ attitude at for-profit prisons.

The For-Profit Criminalization of Immigrants: Prison Contracts Require Placement in ‘Extreme Isolation’

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 10:57 am

The corporations make money incarcerating over 25,000 immigrants. Thousands are subjected to solitary confinement and denied medical care. The squalid conditions have spurred protests, hunger strikes and uprisings against abusive treatment, according to a multi-year investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

EXCLUSIVE: Records Show Top Chris Christie Advisor Lobbied to Bring More Inmates to Troubled Halfway Houses

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 10:10 am

One of the most confusing aspects of the halfway house scandal – where numerous inmates escaped halfway houses and committed horrendous crimes – is why such violent individuals would ever be released to such a low security facility in the first place. Based on records obtained by Firedoglake under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) we may be closer to an answer.

Why Is Florida Atlantic University’s President Afraid of the Truth on Private Prisons?

By: Saturday March 2, 2013 12:48 pm

The debate over Florida Atlantic University’s decision to name a football stadium after a notorious private prison company has descended into deception.

Fatster’s News Roundup from July 1, 2012

By: Monday July 2, 2012 6:15 am

Fatster compiles headlines and links from the stories you might have missived over the weekend, including articles on rendition, drone strikes, Burma, Barclays Bank thieves, House GOP underfunding, dumb ALEC, Rick Scott’s voter purge, private prisons, flood insurance, Jack Lew, Eric Holder ConED strike, phony pregnancy centers, reproductive rights, and much more.

A Glimpse Inside the Private Prison Industry’s Influence in Florida

By: Friday June 29, 2012 1:32 pm

Florida’s leadership is among the most aggressive in the nation in trying to bring private prisons to the state. The governor, speaker of the house, former speaker of the house, and a host of Republicans in the legislature repeatedly attempted to force through what would have been the largest wholesale privatization of prisons in US history.

Mental Health in Prisons and the GEO Group

By: Thursday June 7, 2012 4:15 pm

The news that GEOCare, a private for-profit company, is hovering around the prisoner mental health honeypot in North Carolina is an extremely worrisome development. Mental health in prisons tends to fall at or near the very bottom of the list of priorities in prison management– and likewise in prison budgets– not least because a large percentage of the typical prison population suffer from mental health issue. This covers everything from anxiety and depression, to self-harm, insomnia, suicide attempts, psychosis, borderline personality disorder, uncontrollable anger and violent impulses associated with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and eating disorder. To be honest, if a prisoner is not suffering from some sort of despair related condition whilst incarcerated in the US prison system, they are doing remarkably well.

Shareholders Challenging the Private Prison Industry

By: Saturday May 26, 2012 4:00 pm

In an interesting bit of grassroots advocacy, a few shareholders of the country’s two largest private prison companies have worked to bring more accountability to the industry, which is exempt from public records laws in nearly every jurisdiction despite the fact that it performs inherently governmental functions.

The GEO Group, based in Boca Raton, FL, had its annual shareholders’ meeting in Palm Beach a few weeks back. Some demonstrators protested outside, but the true challenge for the company would come from inside that very meeting.

Some of the Worst Abuse Ever Seen in a Private Prison

By: Saturday April 7, 2012 12:45 pm

Following on the announcement of the removal of all juvenile prisoners in Mississippi from private prisons, the Department of Justice has just released a report of its findings in investigating the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility, which is run by the GEO Group. Walnut Grove was the target of the lawsuit that resulted in the prohibition on sending juveniles to private prisons, and it turns out the state was more than justified in ordering such a removal.

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