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May 13, 2021
New York County Jails May Close Their Doors to ICE
The Dignity Not Detention Act mirrors legislative efforts to take on the rogue agency in states like Maryland and California.
April 2, 2021
New Bills Could Stop Private Prisons From Cutting Deals With ICE
An increasing number of states are passing legislation that makes it harder for local governments to sign contracts with for-profit prison companies.
December 2, 2020
Now Is the Time to Make Good on the Promise of Justice for All
Here’s how we can.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley
April 30, 2019
How Private Equity Is Turning Public Prisons Into Big Profits
In recent years, corporations have privatized almost every part of the public prison system. Now, PE firms are swooping in, seeking lavish returns for investors.
March 8, 2019
Immigrant Advocates Just Got JPMorgan Chase to Stop Financing Private Prisons
Next up? All the other major banks financing private detention centers.
Javier H. Valdés
Ana María Archila
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December 6, 2018
The White House Has Hosted a Predators’ Ball of Corruption
Here’s how the incoming Democratic Congress can expose it and make the case for bold reform.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
November 21, 2018
Marijuana Comes to Coalinga
The weed business promised to save this struggling California town. So far, it’s been a bust.
July 24, 2018
Wall Street’s Ties to the Private Immigrant-Detention Network
A grassroots movement to divest from private prison companies running immigrant-detention facilities is gaining steam.
June 20, 2018
How Private Contractors Enable Trump’s Cruelties at the Border
Private-prison groups and several Fortune 500 companies are profiting off “zero-tolerance” enforcement.
May 31, 2018
Why It Matters That Phoenix Is Suing the Trump Administration
Dispatches from the Urban Resistance, May 2018: From Phoenix to Detroit and beyond.