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The DOJ Is Right to Ditch Private Prisons. But It Won't Do Much in Practice
Just a week after a scathing report decrying the condition of private prisons in the US, the Department of Justice announced Thursday that it would phase out their federal use by not renewing contracts for companies like GEO Group, Management of Training Corporation, and Correctional Corporations...
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Sanders and Activists Say DOJ Ban on Private Prisons Doesn't Go Far Enough
Progressives and prison reform advocates hailed the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) announcement Thursday that it would phase out federal private prisons—and celebrated the resulting plummet in private prison stocks—but many also argued that the decision does not go far enough. "Until DHS and...
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Detained Undocumented Mothers Launch Hunger Strike, Vow to Leave ‘Alive or Dead’
Dozens of undocumented women being held with their children at the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania are on a hunger strike that they say will culminate in their leaving the facility “alive or dead.” The mothers are essentially being held prisoner under an Obama administration plan to...
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Photos and Hunger Strikes Expose More Abuses in Migrant Detention
Central American women holding a hunger strike at the Berks County Family Detention Center in rural Pennsylvania implored President Barack Obama to " set aside [his] vacation for 10 minutes and look at how we're suffering locked up in here " on Wednesday, as they continued their second week of...
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Admitting Failed Experiment, DOJ to Phase Out Private Prisons
After years of documented human rights abuses by the private prison industry, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is finally ending its use of privately-run, for-profit prisons, the Washington Post reports . "With its announcement today, the Justice Department has made clear that the end of the...
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US Transfers 15 Guantánamo Detainees as Rights Groups Push for Full Closure
The Pentagon on Monday announced that 15 men would be transferred from Guantánamo Bay to the United Arab Emirates, in the largest single detainee shuffle under President Barack Obama's administration. The transfer means there are now just 61 people left in the U.S. military prison in Cuba. The 15...
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Revealed: Private Federal Prisons More Abusive and Violent
Private federal prisons are more abusive, violent, and dangerous than their government-run counterparts, according to a frightening report published this week by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. "Federal officials should be reconsidering their alliance on private...
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Ferguson-Area Cities "Terrorizing" Poor Through Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons: Federal Lawsuit
A new federal class-action lawsuit accuses 13 St. Louis-area municipalities of "terrorizing" poor, primarily African-American people through a "deliberate and coordinated conspiracy" by "creating a modern-day police state and debtors' prison scheme that has no place in American society." The non-...
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Australia's "Abu Ghraib"-Like Torture of Jailed Children Captured in "Chilling" TV Footage
Footage from an ABC investigation revealed juvenile detention center guards in Australia's Northern Territory shackling, hooding, taunting, and teargassing detained children—as well as leaving them in solitary confinement for extended periods of time. Such abuse of children "may amount to torture...
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Turkish Leaders Plan Special Courts, Prisons, 'Graveyard for Traitors' After Coup
A day after Turkish leaders revoked licenses, fired, and arrested tens of thousands of teachers and civil servants allegedly linked to last week's failed coup , national authorities on Wednesday promised to establish "a special court for trying coup plotters" as well as "a special prison" for those...
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