privatized prison system

ANALYSIS: Georgia leaders depend on the same well for ideas

From the Rome News Tribune, by Walter C. Jones Georgia citizens are discovering that many of the laws passed in Georgia relating to prison, criminal justice and privatizing prisons and public education are taken directly from ALEC’s play book. “ALEC is the well conservative leaders in Georgia dip their bucket into when they’re looking for […]

ALEC Member in OK. Proposes ALEC’s Model: “Parent Trigger Law”

Featured image from Big Education Ape Blog State Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, has announced he will introduce legislation in 2013 that will allow parents to overhaul chronically low-performing schools: “A parent trigger law in Oklahoma would provide a way to break old patterns, and empower the people that are most invested in success — […]

Merck Pharmaceutical and Wells Fargo Dump ALEC, While Duke Energy Holds Out

From PRWatch by Rebekah Wilce “Merck, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, and Wells Fargo, one of the largest banks in the United States, have joined 38 other major firms and cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is a controversial “bill mill” that brings together right-wing legislators and corporations to draft controversial model bills […]

Mr. President – You Can Stop the Transfer of Jobs From Private Sector to Prison Slave Labor

by Ex. Dir., Bob Sloan Today I read an article entitled: Fayette apparel plant to close; 119 to lose jobs Though the article opened with the foregoing headline, it didn’t immediately attract a lot of attention.  More and more we read about the loss of jobs due to the closure of small businesses all across the U.S. and […]

ALEC’s Own US Senator?

From Mother Jones by Andy Kroll… Excerpts from this important and informative article: “Before his 14-year stint as governor, before President George W. Bush tapped him to run the Department of Health and Human Services, and before his cushy gig as a wining-and-dining Washington lobbyist,Republican Tommy Thompson began carving out a reputation as powerful state legislator […]

Turns out THIS is who’s eating your tax dollars – VIDEO

Turns out THIS is who’s eating your tax dollars Published on Aug 30, 2012 by bravenewfoundation Our prison system is a beast, gobbling resources that should be going to communities. watch this video by clicking here to find out why. Then get involved at http://beyondbars.org. This video was done in partnership with the ACLU, Equal Justice Initiative, […]

Mississippi County accused of running ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

The U.S. Department of Justice has accused officials in Lauderdale County, Mississippi of running ‘a school-to-prison’ pipeline that jails juveniles for even minor school disciplinary problems. A letter sent by the civil rights division on Friday charges that the Lauderdale County Youth Court, the Meridian Police Department, and the Mississippi Division of Youth Services have […]

Tell ALEC Companies to Stand Down!

For the past year, the Center for Media and Democracy has worked to expose the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), through its ongoing www.ALECexposed.org investigation into ALEC’s operations, lobbying, and “model” bills voted on behind closed doors by corporate lobbyists and legislators voting as equals. ALEC’s extreme agenda has included templates to change our laws […]

The Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All

I was watching Rock Center on TV when it hit me.  The segment was about the problems that they are having in the farming sector in Alabama.  Now that illegal immigrants have fled, there is nobody to work the fields and do this back-breaking work, a fields are rotting away.  Reporter Kate Snow spent time […]

How US prison labour pads corporate profits at taxpayers’ expense

Thanks to right-wing lobbying, companies can use a loophole to exploit a scheme designed to give offenders work experience In 1979, Congress created the Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program (known as PIE; pdf) to establish employment opportunities for inmates “that approximate private sector work opportunities”. On the surface, the program is a great idea. It […]