Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Chapter 1 “Inmates Run This Bitch” Chapter 2 Prison Experiments Chapter 3 The CCA Way Chapter 4 “You Got to Survive” Chapter 5 Lockdown Chapter 1: “Inmates Run This Bitch” Have you ever had a riot?” I ask a recruiter from a prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). I take a breath. Am I really going to become a prison guard? Now that it might actually happen, it feels scary and a bit extreme. From the editor: Why we sent a reporter to work as a private prison guard I started applying for jobs in private prisons because I wanted to see the inner workings of an industry that holds 131,000 of the nation’s 1.6 million prisoners. As a journalist, it’s nearly impossible to get an unconstrained look inside our penal system. When prisons do let reporters in, it’s usually for carefully managed tours and monitored interviews with inmates. … [Read more...] about Private prisons are shrouded in secrecy. I took a job as a guard to get inside—then things got crazy
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Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. In 2015, I spent four months working undercover as a guard at a medium-security Louisiana prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) with the aim of reporting on the conditions inside a private prison for Mother Jones. Shortly after I began, I was shown a short promotional video in which two of the company’s founders tell the origin story of their business. In it, T. Don Hutto and Thomas Beasley recount how in 1983 they won “the first contract ever to design, build, finance, and operate a secure correctional facility in the world.” Hutto looks frail, with a shiny white head and oversize glasses, but he speaks with enthusiasm, recalling the story of his company’s first immigration detention contract like he’s giving a blow-by-blow account of a winning high school touchdown. The Immigration and Naturalization Service, the predecessor of Immigration and Customs … [Read more...] about Today it locks up immigrants. But CoreCivic’s roots lie in the brutal past of America’s prisons.
There’s still widespread uncertainty about how exactly the executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Wednesday will change his policy of separating and detaining immigrant families. But one thing is clear: If the White House can’t deter or deport families arriving at the US-Mexico border, it wants to put them behind bars. According to Trump’s June 20 executive order, the Department of Homeland Security will detain families while adults are prosecuted for illegal entry or as they wait for asylum claims to be processed. Due to a federal ruling known as the Flores settlement, which prohibits the government from locking up migrant children for more than 20 days, it’s probably impossible for Trump to keep families in detention indefinitely right now. So the executive order also pushes Congress and the attorney general to try to find a way around Flores—which Jeff Sessions is already trying to do. If they succeed, … [Read more...] about Trump is trying to find a legal way to lock up even more immigrant families
Neighbors listened worriedly Thursday to plans for a new drug treatment facility that could move into the space left by Sovereign Health; a controversial rehab center that folded last year. Founded by former Sovereign employees, Evolve Behavioral Health has big ideas for the acre-and-a-half at 3331 E. Riverside Drive in Fort Myers owned by Florentine Holdings, a New Jersey-based real estate investment company. Evolve – an enterprise so new it has yet to launch a website – sought licenses to offer mental health and substance abuse services on an intensive outpatient as well as a residential basis. Outpatient services fill a need for a lower cost of care in under-served communities. In Lee County alone, drug overdoses -- often by users who can't afford inpatient treatment -- are up over 800 percent since 2013, according to Lee Health data. To help dial back the numbers, Evolve needs a zoning change. The site of oak-draped, mid-century … [Read more...] about New drug rehab center gets testy reception from Fort Myers residents
(CNN)In the letter, she calls the facility "la perrera" -- the kennel or dog pound -- because of the chain-link cages she and others were held in. For eight days after she was captured near the US-Mexico border, she says she did not bathe or brush her teeth. She and other women slept on the floor under "aluminum paper" blankets, she says. "They treated us so horribly, as though we were animals," she wrote in the letter, in which she called herself "anonimo," anonymous. But worst of all was not knowing the fate of her daughter or son for 21 days after they were taken from her, she wrote. The account came via Grassroots Leadership, a nonprofit that describes itself as "a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization" that fights to "end prison profiteering, mass incarceration, and deportation." The group, which is circulating a petition to reunite separated families, posted the letter on its website on June 25. Four days later, the group posted several more accounts from … [Read more...] about ‘They treated us as though we were animals’: Letters from inside an immigration detention facility