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MTC failed to provide enough staff, including 12,000 unfilled mandatory shifts from 2017 to 2020, to ensure the safety of prison employees and inmates
The 5-year contract for $45.7M is to feed 23,000 inmates in 20 state-operated prisons for $1.77 per meal
The 2019 state law would have phased out privately run immigration jails in California by 2028
In the “kids-for-cash” scandal, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan shut down county-run juvenile detention center and accepted $2.8 million in illegal payments from co-owner of two for-profit lockups
The story got national attention after a judge ordered the plaintiff’s attorney to stop tweeting about it
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffery Frensley issued the order last week in response to an argument from Tennessee-based CoreCivic that the public posts put the company’s right to a fair trial at risk
“Immigrants held in GEO’s for-profit facilities are not criminals and should not be beholden to enriching the corporation’s bottom line,” said an attorney
The jury will now consider how much back pay is owed — an amount expected to run into the millions
Other states have passed similar measures, including Illinois, Nevada, New York and Washington
The ACLU urges the White House “to defeat these blatant efforts to strip the Executive Order of any meaningful impact”
Understaffing has meant that some employees are doing the work of three or four people, union leadership said
A 10-page letter emailed Thursday to a White House office and local officials details stabbings, suicides, a homicide and inmate rights violations
Some lawmakers argue that closing the private prisons altogether would be a better option
Jury selection is underway in a trial to determine whether GEO Group must pay minimum wage to detainees at its Wash. state immigration detention center
Jim Zeigler has criticized the plan to lease two new privately run men’s prisons as a poor use of taxpayer dollars