privatized prison system

NO EXCUSE FOR IGNORING ALEC–NY Times and Others. WHAT MIGHT THEY HAVE PREVENTED?

This media release stopped the NY Times (among others) from covering ALEC despite entreaties from many people investigating ALEC. Heck, Bruce Fealk had an e-mail about ALEC returned to him by the NY Times as “deleted, unopened” The news media needs to be vigilant, not cowed by a press release (and whatever support it may […]

Exposé Tracks ALEC-Private Prison Industry Effort to Replace Unionized Workers with Prison Labor

Based on “The Hidden History of ALEC & Prison Labor.” By Mike Elk and Bob Sloan (The Nation, August 1, 2011) which you can read here. “Many of the toughest sentencing laws responsible for the explosion of the U.S. prison population were drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, which helps corporations write model legislation. […]

Proof That America’s Criminal Justice System Discriminates Against Minorities

written by VLTP’s Bob Sloan for PolicyMicWith criminal justice legislation, statutes, and applications of both, the wording of legal documents and proposed bills have been used to basically disenfranchise minorities. The enactment of drug laws provides an easily recognized form of such disenfranchising of African Americans and Hispanics in the U.S. As with many U.S. […]

Peter Grear to speak at ALEC Teach-In on 5/12

VLTP is proud to announce that Peter Grear will be speaking at the ALEC Teach-In on 5/12. Peter, a member of Occupy Wilmington, has had his own law practice since 1976 in Wilmington, He is the co-publisher of the Greater Diversity News, which you can link to from here Peter brings his own historical and […]

ALEC — Announces the End of the Public Safety and Elections Task Force – No Sighs of Relief Just Yet…

Under intense pressure from activists and organizations including VLTP and the Center for Media and Democracy, ALEC begins to crack internally as the shadowy organization has been drug into the light of day – with great difficulty.  Over the past few days twelve top corporate members/sponsors fled ALEC in haste as their brands became synonymous […]

ALEC’s U.S. Congressional “Corrupt Practices” Report – What ALEC Alumni are Doing in DC

  ALEC Corrupt Practices Thought the AMerican Legislative Exchange Council was only involved in corrupting state lawmakers…passing pro-corporate laws state by state?  They are much more dangerous than that.  When their state members are elected to Congress they become “alumni” and continue to advance ALEC’s agenda right into the halls of both Houses through a […]

VLTP Statement in Response to ALEC’s “Press Release” on Corporate Members

By Bob Sloan, VLTP Executive Director Today ALEC released a statement concerning the ongoing pursuit by VLTP and other organizations urging companies and corporations with memberships to ALEC or financially supporting them to leave ALEC.  As anticipated this campaign is having a huge impact upon the shadowy conservative organization as first Pepsi then Coke, Intuit, […]

American Legislative Exchange Council – Federal Government and Corrupt Practices

This is a report issued by VLTP in November of 2011.  This work represents more than 2 years of deep research involving a handful of researchers who belong to VLTP’s sister group, American Legislative Transparency Project (ALTP) at the Daily Kos. This report provides an in-depth analysis of ALEC’s involvement and influences at the federal level of […]