Private Prisons

By: Arnie Alpert on May 6, 2015
Arnie gives info to Gov. Kasich
When I asked John Kasich in March about for-profit prisons and the immigrant detention quota he said he didn’t know anything about it. Yesterday I handed him a packet of information.
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By: Arnie Alpert on April 25, 2015

Pentagon reliance on private contractors creates an incentive for war, Lawrence Wilkerson told several New Hampshire audiences on a recent speaking tour.  Wilkerson, a retired US Army Colonel who served as Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, said the military-industrial-complex has become "the principal influence on national security and ultimately on foreign policy decision-making." 

“If it’s going to change, it’s going to require you,” Wilkerson said.  “It’s going to require the American people getting sick and tired of their republic getting stolen by the few, by the wealthy few, by the plutocracy.“

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By: Kevin Rutledge on April 17, 2015
Hillary Clinton AFSC Iowa Banners

We tried to ask Hillary Clinton a follow up question on immigrant detention bed mandates during her first trip to Iowa.  Instead, state, national and international reporters following presidential candidates found us. 

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By: Kevin Rutledge on April 9, 2015
Senator Rick Santorum Autograph Baseball
When asked about private prisons lobbyists and profiting from mass-incarceration, Senator Rick Santorum responds "Do we need to have as many people in jail again?"
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By: Kevin Rutledge on April 9, 2015
“Nobody would be in favor of seeing children warehoused by the federal government,” said former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in response to my follow-up question about immigrant children being detained for profit.
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By: Arnie Alpert on April 6, 2015
immigrant detention profits CCA

We've been asking all the candidates about a federal budget mandate that sets a quota for detention of immigrants, many of whom are held in for-profit prisons.  So far all we've gotten in response are variations on "I'll look into it." 

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By: Judy on April 3, 2015

The disparity between public interest and private profits was emphasized April 3rd at the Open Secrets blog. According to the blog post, Management and Training Corporation is one of the big three in private corrections, along with Corrections Corporation of American and the GEO Group. Open Secrets says that these three companies spent $2 million on Congressional lobbying in 2014. Their money distorts public policy to benefit their own profits. 

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By: Kevin Rutledge on March 24, 2015
Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy

Iowa Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy questions how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detains undocumented workers illegally.

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By: Eric Zulaski on March 19, 2015

Why do we need you to get involved in the frenzy of presidential politics? Here are three reasons to get out and ask a question the next time you hear a candidate is coming to town.

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By: Arnie Alpert on March 9, 2015
Lindsey Graham had an extended back-and-forth with voters in his first "testing the waters" trip to New Hampshire. The South Carolina Senator spoke at length about immigration, elaborated on his hawkish views on the Middle East, and expressed support for campaign finance reform.
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