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Shadow Prisons. The U.S. government has quietly created a second-class federal prison system specifically for immigrants.

Shadow Prisons

For years the Department of Homeland Security has been known as the agency that houses immigrants awaiting deportation. However, tens of thousands of additional immigrants, most serving sentences for immigration crimes, are held by the Bureau of Prisons each night before being sent back. Prison. Prison bankers cash in on captive customers. For years, JPay has sponsored an award for former state corrections directors presented by the Association of State Correctional Administrators, paying for the recipient’s trip and a Wexford crystal bowl inscribed with the honoree’s name.

Prison bankers cash in on captive customers

JPay’s outreach extends to state legislatures as well, even though many of the company’s contracts forbid it from using fee revenue to lobby. The company has hired registered lobbyists in at least seven states. Megabanks have prison financial services market locked up. Lubricating the system Across the country, jails and prisons are hungry for ways to shift their operational costs onto inmates and their families.

Megabanks have prison financial services market locked up

Inmates need money to pay for essentials like toiletries and court fines as well as extras like higher-quality food than what is served in prison cafeterias. Their families often pay high fees to send them the money. Inmates, in turn, pay marked-up prices for items sold at prison stores. The oil that lubricates this entire system is supplied by the prison bankers, vendors that collect all the inmates’ money in a pipeline of cash from which payments and fees can be pulled. Former Los Angeles Deputy: We Beat, Slapped and Tased Inmates Without Provocation. Share Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies inspect a cell block at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.

Former Los Angeles Deputy: We Beat, Slapped and Tased Inmates Without Provocation

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) An ex-deputy described in federal court Tuesday how he and his colleagues routinely abused inmates at LA County jails and falsified reports to justify their actions, the latest sign of a culture of brutality pervading the county’s jail system. Inmates use technology to organize state prison protest   At least four Georgia prisons were locked down Monday for the fifth-straight day as inmates continue a work-stoppage in protest of conditions.

Inmates use technology to organize state prison protest  

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Peggy Chapman said there had been no “major incidents or issues” reported at any of the four prisons that continue to be locked down, nor at any of the state's other 26 facilities. Inmate advocates and relatives say, however, that heat and hot water have been turned off at some prisons and that there have been some physical confrontations between prisoners and guards. Corrections officials said the prisons on lockdown are Hays State Prison in Trion, Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe, Telfair State Prison in Helena and Smith State Prison in Glennville. Non-Violent Offenses Leads United States to World's Highest Incarceration Rate. Reason, July 2011: Criminal Injustice (issue on prisons)

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Solitary Confinement in the US. The Way to Stop Prison Rape - The New York Review of Books. As three recent studies by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) show, prisoners are raped with terrible frequency in the United States.

The Way to Stop Prison Rape - The New York Review of Books

We still don’t know exactly how many people are sexually abused behind bars every year, but we do know that the number is much larger than 100,000. And we know that those responsible for this abuse are usually not other inmates, but members of the very corrections staff charged with protecting the people in their custody. Prison Rape and the Government by David Kaiser and Lovisa Stannow. Sexual Victimization Reported by Adult Correctional Authorities, 2007–2008 by Allen J.

Prison Rape and the Government by David Kaiser and Lovisa Stannow

Beck and Paul Guerino National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the United States Department of Justice Initial Regulatory Impact Analysis for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Proposed National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape Under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) U.S. Prison Conditions. "Perpetual state of crisis" at East Mississippi Correctional Facility (EMCF), a for-profit prison. June 24, 2013 The ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Law Offices of Elizabeth Alexander filed a federal lawsuit in May 2013 on behalf of prisoners at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility (EMCF), describing the for-profit prison as hyper-violent, grotesquely filthy and dangerous.

"Perpetual state of crisis" at East Mississippi Correctional Facility (EMCF), a for-profit prison

EMCF is operated "in a perpetual state of crisis" where prisoners are at "grave risk of death and loss of limbs. " The facility, located in Meridian, Mississippi, is supposed to provide intensive treatment to the state's prisoners with serious psychiatric disabilities, many of whom are locked down in long-term solitary confinement. An American Gulag—The Mentally Ill at Sup... Secret Experimental Prisons Subject Inmates to Drastic Isolation. March 16, 2011 | Like this article?

Secret Experimental Prisons Subject Inmates to Drastic Isolation

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Louisiana Incarcerated - Louisiana prison system. Federal judge rules consent decree only way to fix 'indelible stain' of Orleans Parish Prison. Taking aim at years of violence, rapes, suicides and poor conditions at Orleans Parish Prison, U.S.

Federal judge rules consent decree only way to fix 'indelible stain' of Orleans Parish Prison

District Court Judge Lance Africk on Thursday approved a federal consent decree mandating sweeping changes at the jail complex to bring it up to constitutional standards. As a follow-up to Thursday's ruling, Africk will preside over a hearing slated for Monday to determine how much the prison reforms will cost and who will pay for them. By coincidence, New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux on Thursday issued a report saying that his investigation of the prison shows the city has been adequately funding its operations and problems there cannot be blamed on a lack of money, as Sheriff Marlin Gusman has claimed.

Dispatch From Detention: A Rare Look Inside Our ‘Humane’ Immigration Jails. Sam Kitching, a soft-spoken, round old man dressed in civilian clothes who works for the Sheriff’s department at the Baker County Jail put his hand on my shoulder and, addressing me as “young man,” said, “It’s very important that you be careful in there. They might have AIDS and might try to grab your hand and push something into it.” “AIDS?” I ask. Torture allegations in North Carolina prison - Charlotte City Buzz. The warden of North Carolina's Central Prison, Warden Gerald J. Branker has retired amid allegations of torture of inmates. The Associated Press first reported a situation on Monday that a June 2011 review by the N.C.

In Texas, Arguing That Heat Can Be a Death Sentence for Prisoners. David Bowser for The New York Times Mary Lou James, the mother of Kenneth Wayne James, 52, who was found in his cell with a body temperature of 108 degrees. Ten inmates of the state prison system died of heat-related causes last summer in a 26-day period in July and August, a death toll that has alarmed prisoners’ rights advocates who believe that the lack of air-conditioning in most state prisons puts inmates’ lives at risk. The 10 inmates were housed in areas that lacked air-conditioning, and several had collapsed or lost consciousness while they were in their cells. All of them were found to have died of hyperthermia, a condition that occurs when body temperature rises above 105 degrees, according to autopsy reports and the state’s prison agency. New Mexico driver arrested and forgotten in jail for two years.

A 58-year-old New Mexico man has been awarded $22 million in one of the largest ever federal civil rights settlements of its kind. For 22 months, Stephen Slevin was held in solitary confinement and never brought to trial. He wasn’t the victim of the National Defense Authorization Act, which since being signed last month give the president permission to detain Americans without charge. Slevin was arrested in August 2005 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. From then until May 2007, he was essentially forgotten in a small, padded cell with no natural sunlight in a Dona Ana County, New Mexico prison cell. Five Prison Reform Ideas Being Ignored on Capitol Hill. After last week’s breakthrough in mitigating the damage of the drug war—the U.S. Sentencing Commission offered an estimated 12,000 people incarcerated on crack charges a chance at a sentence reduction—advocates stressed that it’s still up to Congress to eliminate the crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparity altogether and to create more lasting prison reform.

The lack of reform isn’t due to a lack of bills, however. California prisons: Hunger strikes reported at more California prisons - One Year After Historic Hunger Strike, Isolated California Prisoners Report Little Change. Pelican Bay Prison: One Year Later, Policy Remains "Debrief or Die" Indefinite solitary confinement persists in California prisons - We dare to win: The reality and impact of SHU torture units.

Jerry Brown Should (Still) Be Ashamed of Califo... Corrections: The Prison Industrial Complex. Private Prison Companies Want You Locked Up — Justice Policy Institute. 30 Years Later, the Private Prisons Have a Future to Secure. 21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor. "Voluntary" Work Program Run in Private Detention Centers Pays Detained Immigrants $1 a Day. By the Numbers: The U.S.’s Growing For-Profit Detention Industry. Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law. The 10 Worst Prisons in America: ADX. Private Prison Company Used in Drug Raids at Public High School. The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline. The intelligence factory: How America makes its enemies disappear—By Petra Bartosiewicz. Pakistan neuroscientist given 86 years for shooting at US agents.

White House Drafts Executive Order for Indefinite Detention.