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May 26, 2008

287g & CCA

Sunday morning I received a visit from a wife/mother of 3 US citizen children concerning the arrest of her husband for no driver’s license. Now he has a hold from immigration at the Nashville Jail which has a policy of no bond as per Sheriff Hall. He will have to wait until he reaches an ICE facility for his bond to be placed.

Sheriff Hall, a former CCA employee led the way for Nashville to adopt a 287g program. During the last year over 3,000 immigrants have been detained under 287g. Other supporters of 287g include former Tennessee governor, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) who received $31,200 from 2003-2008 from CCA, the Nashville-based company and its employees, spouses and their subsidiaries, according to Federal Election Commission documents.

There is article "The Business of Detention" wherein two Columbia University School of Journalism students were awarded for their report on the business of detaining immigrants. Renee Feltz and Stokely Baksh tell the story of the nation's largest private prison company partnering with the federal government to detain close to a million undocumented immigrants, increasing their revenue in the process.

Here are is a quote from the article:

"The nation's largest private prison company has partnered with the federal government to detain close to 1 million undocumented people in the past 5 years until they are deported. In the process, Corrections Corporation of America has made record profits. Critics suggest the CCA cuts corners on its detention contracts in order to increase its revenue at expense of humane conditions. Thanks to political connections and lobby spending, it dominates the industry of immigrant detention. CCA now has close to 10,000 new beds under development in anticipation of continued demand".

At http://www.businessofdetention.com

Posted by VisaLawyer at May 26, 2008 09:02 AM

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