Incarceration

By: Kevin Rutledge on August 22, 2015
Chris Christie private prison lobbyists Iowa State Fair 2015
In New Hampshire, Gov. Christie said private jail facilities shouldn't determine immigration policy to make more profits. However, when I asked him his plan as president to determine policy to benefit people and not corporate lobbyists at the Iowa State Fair, I was disappointed he didn't address a plan or steps and only referred to New Jersey's decreasing prison population.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on August 18, 2015
Marco Rubio West End Salvage meet and greet in Des Moines, Iowa
I asked Sen. Marco Rubio an immigrant lobbying question about the top 2 for-profit prisons, CCA and Geo Group, spending $15 million since 2006 lobbying for policies they directly profit from to build more prisons and immigrant detention centers. Rubio stated "ultimately you have to uphold the law, so you have to have somewhere to house people" and how Congress doesn't award these contracts to private contractors.
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By: Marlu Abarca on August 17, 2015
I handed a report to Senator Marco Rubio at his event in Ankeny, IA as a follow up to an earlier interaction with him in which he was asked about the immigrant detention mandate and for-profit prisons. He responded by stating he knew the subject well and knew of individuals who were in detention centers, but the law had to be followed.
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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on August 11, 2015
When I asked Dr. Carson about for-profit corporations driving immigrant detention policies, he said, "prisons should not necessarily be operated as profit centers."
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By: Eric Zulaski on July 21, 2015
John Kasich at Rivier
Several bird dogs prompted John Kasich to discuss immigrant detention, money in politics, and the political influence of Pentagon contractors. He said undocumented immigrants are Americans and should not be held in detention for crossing the border; billionaires should not drive the political process; and on spending for vehicles to deploy a nuclear payload, he asked "How many nuclear weapons does it take to ruin your entire day and to destroy your whole country? Why do we need to do this?"
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By: Kevin Rutledge on July 14, 2015
Iowa Caucus Field of Dreams Corporate Power

Candidates are dreaming to become president in a crowded field.  Iowans are questioning the reality of corporate money corrupting the dreams of Americans.  I had one-on-one conversations with Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Sen. Lindsey Graham during a two day trip in Sioux City.

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By: Nancy on July 13, 2015
Nancy with John Kasich
When Nancy discussed immigration reform and immigrant detention with John Kasich, the Ohio governor said he would look into the relationship between corporate cronyism and the detention of immigrants in for-profit prisons.
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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on July 13, 2015
Hector attended Governor George Pataki's event in Des Moines and asked a question on immigration detention and for profit companies driving federal policy in Des Moines, IA.
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By: John on July 9, 2015
O'Malley agreed we should heed Dr. King's warning that a nation that spends more on national defense than on programs of social uplift faces spiritual death. He also addressed concerns about profiteering from incarceration and war and spoke briefly about campaign finance reform.
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By: Noma Shields on July 7, 2015
GUI volunteer Noma attended the Des Moines Campaign Office Opening of Rand Paul, and asked him about corporations driving federal policy.
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